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Ramlila maidan all set for Baba Ramdev`s protest fast

Last Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 23:18

New Delhi: A huge 2.5 lakh square feet tent is
waiting here at the historic Ramlila Maidan for lakhs of Baba
Ramdev`s supporters who are expected to join the Yoga Guru`s
proposed fast unto death against corruption from Saturday.

The ground, which has been booked for a month long Yoga
workshop, has been decked up apart from facilities like
drinking water facilities, toilets and bathrooms.

More than 5,000 ceiling fans and coolers, 1,300 toilets
and bathrooms have been installed so that supporters of the
Yoga Guru do not face any inconvenience during the fast which
is scheduled to begin from 5 am onwards on Saturday.

An eight ft long stage has been set up for the yoga guru
from where he will instruct his followers. Large screens
alongside the stage have also been installed.

The sitting area near the stage is being divided into
three parts -- one for those who will sit for fast for a
single day, one for those who will sit for the entire duration
and one more for daily visitors.

Further, drinking water and medical facilities will be
provided to people participating in the Satyagraha.

"We have installed a RO water purification system for
drinking water facilities. 650 water taps have also been
installed," said Acharya Virendra Vikram, President of Bharat
Swabhiman Trust, Delhi.

"Around 50- 60 doctors from our own medical facilities
will be available here throughout the day," he said.

Along with the Delhi Police, thousands of volunteers
from the Bharat Swabhiman trust will be manning the ground.

"Ours is a peaceful protest and we do not expect any
violence to erupt," he said.

An official said 30-40 close circuit cameras will also
be installed on the main ground as well as in entry and exit

Vikram said an estimated two lakh supporters will flock
to the capital to participate in the protest along with the
yoga guru, who wants the country to be rid of black money and
corruption, besides seeking change in the "system".

The youth wing of Bharat Swabhiman Trust has also invited
young professionals from across the country to join the Ramdev
in the fast. Organisers said young professionals will be
descend on Delhi from across the country for the fast.

"Amongst us, we have thousands of professional MBA youths
who are willing to support Baba in this satyagraha. Instead of
working for corporates, we have made a conscious decision to
join Baba in his efforts and bring about a change in the
country`s corrupt system," a youth wing volunteer said.

Thousands of women volunteers from across the country
will also assemble at the grounds in the Baba`s support.


First Published: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 23:18

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