With Team Anna’s stir venue Jantar Mantar witnessing a swollen crowd on Sunday, its anti-corruption movement looks back on the track. However, it remains to be seen if the civil society manages to draw a similar crowd on weekdays too that might force the government on the negotiating table once again.
If Sunday was any evidence then veteran anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare’s famed charm did wonders. As he joined his associates for an indefinite hunger strike in favour of the constitution of Jan Lokpal, Jantar Mantar witnessed a crowd of over 10,000 people.
Hazare’s cry of “Bharat Mata ki Jai” was greeted by a huge applause by his thousands of supporters. If Team Anna repeats that feat on Monday, the popular support for it might force the government to rethink its strategy even as it has been dismissive of the latest stir so far.
Team Anna has been battling not just government’s indifference, but is also fighting health concerns that threaten to derail the movement.
Hazare’s aide Gopal Rai might be forced to end his fast on Monday due to alarming rise in his ketone levels. With Hazare joining in the movement, his supporters have already been worried about the septuagenarian’s health.
His key aides Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, who started fast on July 25, were also not keeping well.
Doctors have been keeping a constant watch on their blood pressure, pulse rate, sugar and ketone levels. The government would also remain on guards as Hazare’s poor health might revive support for the movement and put the UPA in a negative light.