Anna Hazare greeted by cheering crowd

A roaring crowd greeted Gandhian Anna Hazare on Sunday morning at Ramlila Maidan as he emerged on the dais to break his fast.

Last Updated: Aug 28, 2011, 11:23 AM IST

New Delhi: A roaring crowd greeted Gandhian
Anna Hazare on Sunday morning at Ramlila Maidan as he emerged on
the dais to break his fast.

Clad in his trademark white dhoti-kurta and Gandhi cap,
Hazare came to the stage at 9:30 am from his tent and waved to
the crowds and chanted `Bharat Mata ki Jai`, `Vande Mataram`
and `Inquilab Zindabad`.

A visibly weak 74-year-old Hazare had trouble walking as
he walked, with the fast launched on August 16 for a strong
Lokpal apparently a toll on his health.

Sitting cross-legged and with folded hands, he listened to
Mahatma Gandhi`s favourite hymn `Raghupati Raghava Rajaram`
even as several children joined him on the stage.

He was also seen chatting with his close associates
Manish Sisodia and Kiran Bedi.

The waiting people, some of whom were at Ramlila Maidan
since last night, went ecstatic as the activist emerged on the
dais.

People were waving flags and dancing to drumbeats and
slogans reverberated in the air making the atmosphere festive
and charged as the crowd celebrated "victory" of Hazare.

"I started at around 5.00 am as I wanted to ensure that I
could be in the front row, so that I could witness Anna
break his fast," said 37-year-old Ramesh Kumar, a resident
of Ghaziabad who claims to be a die-hard Anna supporter.

Another supporter Vijay Gupta, who had come along with
his family from Lucknow said, he was "happy to be part of
history in making."

"I am extremely happy that the government has conceded to
the demand of Anna Hazare. Corruption is affecting everybody
in the society and we want a very strong Lokpal Bill," he
said.

PTI