Its the 9th day today , when key Team Anna members, Manish Sisodia,Gopal Rai and Arvind Kejriwal (who is also diabetic) have not eaten anything, demanding the government for an independent probe against 14 cabinet ministers! The government seems to be following the strategy of ‘Deaf Ears’ this time, with none from the government even bothering about the fast at Jantar Mantar, in the nation’s capital ! Doctors have been advising the 400 people on fast(including the Team Anna key members) to get hospitalized and Kejriwal being a diabetic, needs a mandatory hospitalization! However, the team has so far declined any medical assistance ! Delhi Police has been reminding the team of their written agreement to get hospitalized in case of emergency and to make sure there is no compromise in law and order due to the Fast held by the Team ! Interestingly, the unofficial speakers of UPA – Mr Digvijay Singh or Mr Salman Khurshid have not been heard making speeches against the Team Anna, anymore! Seems the government is firm this time and not willing to give any importance to the protest ! It would be interesting to see who would give up first, Team Anna or the UPA government! Most importantly, the opposition parties have preferred keeping out this time , probably, after Anna has declared the formation of a new political party , if need be, for 2014 General Elections ! There may be a second reason to it – Political Leaders are counted in numbers who can support Anti-Corruption Movement 😀 ! Rather they be shut to avoid trouble on self ! No one can deny , neither the Congress or BJP , the two major national level parties, have done anything up to the expectations of their supporters(whenever they have held power) and 2014 elections will surely remind them of changing Indian mentality !
Baba Ramdev, the yoga guru, who is also considered a marketing guru by critics has joined Team Anna as their Rescue-Ranger to add numbers to the thinning crowd at Jantar Mantar !
Well, undoubtedly Baba Ramdev has a steady number of followers and being the sole face (unlike Team Anna) to represent his issues in front of the nation and govt , he is more organized and has sustained any and many attacks, the government has made on him via Digvijay Singh !On the other hand, Team Anna which includes about 7-8 people, considered core team members , are an easy prey to be dragged into controversies because of their own lack of co-ordination !
Low turnout at Jantar Mantar , supporting Team Anna’s fast , has indicated nation’s falling interest in the Team’s activities . Meanwhile, Anna Hazare has indicated the importance of launching a new political party People’s Party !
Guess, Team Anna has understood that the times of British and Gandhi ji is no more hence those old methods of raising voice against government policies and corrupt leaders will never work !
Team Anna members – Manish Sisodia,Arvind Kejriwal and Gopal Rai are beginning their fast at Jantar Mantar,today, in demand of a Special Investigation Team to probe charges of corruption against 15 Cabinet Ministers.Anna has been requested not to fast on Health Grounds , however, it is learnt that he would be sitting on fast from 29th of the month provided the government does not listen to their demands by then!
Interestingly, a parliamentary committee will hear a complaint against Arvind Kejriwal, key Team Anna Member,on 12th and 26th March of this year by two Congress MPs – Sajjan Singh Verma and Jagdambika Pal,accusing Arvind of passing derogatory remarks and defaming parliamentarians ! 🙂
Till date, Team Anna has not got any major success as the Government has been playing very smartly, tackling the issues of Corruption and passing of Lokpal Bill, as and when , Team Anna has picked it up ! Rather they have been buying time since 2010 . It would be interesting to see the result of this fast of the Team !
Baba Ramdev has threatened to go on protest from August 9th onwards, in Delhi, on the issue of Black Money which he wants the UPA government should bring back for the nation’s well-being ! Last summer, similar protest was organized by Baba where many followers of him had gathered at the Ram Lila Maidan and at mid-night the police raided the Maidan to arrest Baba, following which, he not only had to jump from the stage, as high as 6 feet, but also had to run away from the place to avoid further conflict between his followers and the police !
Meanwhile, Baba has also welcomed the efforts of Congress, giving bigger roles to Rahul Gandhi and said he can also be the Prime Minister and continue at the post but for all that he will have to bring the Black Money back in the country !
Anna, on Monday said that after seeing the coal blocks’ allocation papers, he is bound to doubt Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s role in it.
It was a busy Sunday for the food kiosk owners at Jantar Mantar as swelling crowds thronged the venue of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare’s fast here Sunday.
While Baba Ramdev and Team Anna was on a one – day fast to raise voice against corruption, the followers seem to have come to see Anna and Baba together and enjoy variety of fast food items 🙂 .
Seems like the nation has given up on Anti-Corruption Movements and its leaders. May be, the nation feels better, the way it is. Repeated failure to gather huge crowd at rallies of such movements is an answer in itself that the impact is over. This time it was Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev together, who could not manage to gather huge number of followers during their One-Day fast against Corruption and Black Money Issues in the nation.