Bedi called in to up the tempo

With Anna Hazare's Jail Bharo Andolan receiving a lukewarm response in Delhi, Team Anna has decided to rope in firebrand speaker Kiran Bedi to up the protest's tempo.

Confirming Bedi's inclusion, an IAC member said, "She would be flying back by tomorrow morning."

In demand: Firebrand speaker Kiran Bedi would be flying back to Delhi
to garner support for the campaign at Ramlila grounds.
Pic/Subhash Barolia

Unlike the pervious protest, on day one of the parallel protest called by Team Anna, only a few thousands turned up to show their support for the anti-government protest yesterday.

Besides, India Against Corruption (IAC) volunteers were seen distributing pamphlets, describing the differences between the government's Lokpal Bill and Team Anna's Jan Lokpal Bill. While the stalls selling T-shirts and caps bearing Anna's photo, CDs and DVDs on Anna's life, his India and speeches were doing brisk business, the donation counter was kept shut on day one of the protest. When questioned, a lady who was manning the counter, stated, "We have been ordered not to take any donations."

In August this year, controversy had erupted over the funds generated by the IAC during the time of Anna's fast at Ramlila Maidan. The organisation was even accused of misappropriating the funds.

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