Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that his one-day fast against the government action on yoga guru Baba Ramdev and thousands of his supporters will begin at 10am at the Rajghat on Wednesday. “Come what may, I will go ahead with the fast,” said Hazare. Asserting that they will go a
head with a “very peaceful” protest, RTI crusader Arvind Kejriwal, a key figure in Hazare’s campaign against corruption, earlier on Tuesday said, “No one can stop Anna Hazare from protesting tomorrow. We will hold fast at Rajghat tomorrow.”
“Anna has never provoked anyone. He never had a violent history. Now he says, he wants to assemble peacefully, what is the need of Section 144. If police tries to stop us we will not resist, but just offer ourselves for being arrested,” he added.
Alleging that government has arbitrarily imposed Section 144, Kejriwal further said there have been Supreme Court orders stating that the section should not be misused.
Former Supreme Court judge N Santosh Hegde commenting on the matter said, “This government is misusing police power and suppressing people’s rights. The actions of the government against Baba Ramdev show they are scared of him.”
Meanwhile, Baba Ramdev also extended his full support to Hazare, saying on Tuesday that all his supporters will join the Gandhian in his fast scheduled tomorrow.
“The denial of permission shows the government’s intent. My supporters will be part of Anna’s fast scheduled tomorrow,” said Ramdev on Tuesday.
Delhi Police had earlier on Tuesday denied permission to Hazare to hold his fast at the Jantar Mantar.
Hazare had earlier said that he would defy prohibitory orders if police deny permission for the protest, saying it was the right of public to raise voice against injustice.
Delhi Police had issued prohibitory orders for a week in a bid to pre-empt any protest by Ramdev supporters.