Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev will be seen together tomorrow in Bhosari. They will be guiding the activists of Bhrashtrachar Virodhi Jana Aandolan Trust (BVJAT) and Bharat Swabhiman Trust (BST) on the August 9 agitation in Delhi. Anna and Baba Ramdev will speak at the Ankush Landage Natyagruha in Bhosari.
A first of sorts
Though the two have met on previous occasions elsewhere, it will be for the first time that the two will be seen sharing the stage in or near the city. “Hazare and Baba Ramdev will address over 1,000 activists of BST from 16 districts,” Pritesh Lad, BST youth wing coordinator, said. “They all are joining the agitation in Delhi on August 9, which is Kranti Din.
The meeting will plan the entire programme for Delhi, which will most probably be held at the Jantar Mantar ground.” Hazare and Baba Ramdev have both been actively involved in a nationwide agitation for the passage of the Jan Lokpal bill and the eradication of black money. “Yes, Hazare is with Baba Ramdev on Tuesday and will guide the audience in Bhosari,” Datta Awari, PA to Hazare in Ralegansiddhi, said.
On the issue of black money, Baba Ramdev also plans to meet Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. “The meeting has been scheduled at 8 pm at Matoshri, the residence of Thackeray,” Milind Shukla, BST Mumbai chief, said. “Baba is visiting Raj Thackeray, president of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), by the end of this month to seek his support for the movement.
Baba has already met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari to seek their support for the campaign against black money.” Shukla said Baba Ramdev had also got a positive response from the Shetkari Sanghatana, which will be joining the Delhi agitation. “Baba is also meeting Sharad Joshi, president of Shetkari Sanghatana, at his residence in Aundh.”
Signatures by MPs
The BST has already started a nationwide signature campaign against black money that aims to get the signatures of all 543 MPs from various parties. Among those who have signed are BJP MP Prakash Javdekar, NCP MP Vandana Chavan, and Shiv Sena MPs Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil and Gajanan Babar. MP Suresh Kalmadi and NCP MP Supriya Sule are yet to sign.
“Kalmadi will sign the papers issued by BST on the eradication of black money,” Kalmadi’s PA Vinod Surve said. Vijay Warudkar, coordinator, BST, said Sule’s signature was also expected. “We also expect to get the signature of Sule, who will sign the papers after knowing about the issue,” Warudkar said. “The signed papers will be submitted to the President as well as the PM on August 9.”
Delhi train trip at half the price
The Bharat Swabhiman Trust (BST) has booked 300 railway tickets to Delhi for its activists who would like to go there to support Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev’s agitation on August 9, which is marked as Kranti Din. “The Pune-Delhi-Pune fare is Rs 1,000 but we are offering 50 per cent concession to those workers of ours who can’t afford it. We are ready to give the railway tickets at Rs 500. We are expecting about 1,000 workers to join the agitation in Dehli on August 9,” Pritesh Lad, coordinator, BST youth wing (Pune), said.
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