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As the parliament began to debate the Lokpal bill, Anna Hazare started on another fast, this time in Mumbai. TOI reported-

A surprisingly low turn-out marked the launch of Anna Hazare’s three-day fast against the government’s Lokpal bill which he described as “betrayal” of the people.

As 74-year-old Hazare sat on the fast at the MMRDA ground, the estimate of people at the venue varied between 4,000 to 10,000 in sharp contrast to upto 30,000-40,000 that poured in Ramlila Maidan in August.

Team Anna had said that they expected over a lakh people to turn up at the protest venue here.

ET reported similar developments at the parallel venue in Delhi:

Team Anna’s Lokpal bill protest here elicited a lukewarm response today with organisers blaming winter chill and absence of Anna Hazare for the poor turnout at Ramlila Maidan.

The morning and evening crowd was thin in contrast to the one witnessed during Hazare’s earlier three protests in the past eight months.

The protest venue which saw 30,000 to 40,000 pour in in August, saw only about 500 people turning up in the morning. As the sun came out, the number went up to 1,000-2,000 but again dropped to a few hundred in the evening.

The beginning itself was not auspicious for Team Anna as it was a delayed start, 90 minutes from the scheduled 10 am, as not many protesters turned up.

I assume that the agitation has a detailed list of demands. Unfortunately the media does not think it is important to talk about them. Since the morning the TV has been full of breathless reporters talking about how they plan to cover the protests in Mumbai and Delhi and the parliament debate at the same time. Every channel had a split screen report full of banalities. It was only after people neglected to come out on the streets that they moved to full time coverage of the debate in parliament.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

December 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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