HITCH IN ANNA-LILA TILL SEPT 2
From Our Delhi Bureau
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police finds itself in a piquant embarrassment of allowing 'India Against Corruption' of Team Anna to carry on the protest fast for a strong Lokpal Bill up to September 2 at the Ramlila Ground, without checking that the place is already booked by another organisation for a rally on September 1.
The deal was struck past midnight and it was not possible to check with Delhi Municipal Corporation about availability of the ground. It came as a surprise even to the municipal corporation as the Team India has booked the ground only up to August 31.
The Team India swung into action on Thursday on advice from the BJP-ruled municipal corporation to better negotiate with the Allahabad-based Bharat Mukti Morcha that has booked the ground on September 1 for a rally in support of a caste census.
The Morcha's convener J S Kashyap, however, showed reluctance to shift the rally's venue or date, claiming that his organisation has already mobilised some one lakh people from across the country, though he told the negotiators that he is also with Anna Hazare on fight against corruption.
"Anna Hazare is fighting for a good cause and we are also doing the same for a large section of the country. I told them that let's support each other and after our rally we will be with them."
According to the municipal sources, there is no booking of the ground from September 2 to 8 and hence it can be given to Team Anna if it makes a deal with the OBC Morcha, but not beyond as the Ramlila Committee takes it over for a month from September 9 for the annual Ramlila plays.