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United front: VHP,Ramdev,Anna supporters protest together

All supporters came together to protest against police action at Ramdev's programme in Ramlila ground.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | June 9, 2011 2:47:38 am

Supporters of Baba Ramdev,Anna Hazare and the VHP came together on Wednesday to protest against police action at the yoga guru’s programme in Delhi’s Ramlila ground. They sat under the same pandal at Jhulelal Park where Ramdev’s Patanjali Yog Samiti has been holding its dharna since the day he began his fast in Delhi.

While Hazare’s supporters put up their banner of India Against Corruption and observed hunger strike,the VHP also put up its own banner. There were about 50 Hazare supporters,most them wearing caps embossed with ‘I am Anna Hazare’. The number of Ramdev’s supporters was smaller in comparison. There were only 10 VHP-men.

Coordinator of India Against Corruption R K Agrawal said: “Baba Ramdev is among the founders of India Against Corruption,but he later chose a different path. However,both Ramdev and Anna are fighting against corruption,so we are all on the same stage. Positive results can be achieved only if Anna and Baba work together.”

A S Bhadauriya,the Lucknow division in-charge of Bharat Swabhiman Trust and Patanjali Yog Samiti,said their stage was open to anyone who supported Ramdev’s campaign. “We did not invite India Against Corruption people,they joined us.”

The VHP said they were supporting Ramdev’s campaign. “We are here not on behalf of the RSS or any party. We support Ramdev because he is raising an issue that is in the interest of the nation. We will support any person,even from the Congress,raising such issues,” said Alopi Shankar Maurya,VHP’s Lucknow district president.

In the presence of TV channel crew,Hazare’s supporters were seen rushing to give statements with Ramdev’s supporters raising pro-yoga guru slogans from back row.

Another organisation,Lok Adhikar Manch,also staged a day-long hunger strike here on Wednesday. “Our protest is against the government’s attitude on the Lokpal Bill. It’s unfortunate that the government is trying to exempt the Prime Minister and judiciary from the ambit of Lokpal,” said Anil Singh,the convenor of Lok Adhikar Manch which is headed by former DGP Prakash Singh.

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