Carnival-like atmosphere at Ramlila Ground

Fight for space on national television, patriotic slogans and people dressed as Gandhi - a carnival atmosphere prevails at Ramlila Ground.

Updated: Aug 22, 2011, 15:35 PM IST

New Delhi: Fight for space on national
television, patriotic slogans and people dressed as Mahatma
Gandhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji -- a carnival atmosphere
prevails at Ramlila Ground.

Sporting tricolour headbands and wrist bands and waving
tricolours, people started pouring in the maidan from early in
the morning.

Many protesters returned to the ground after a good
sleep, saying they want to ensure that the support the
Gandhian was receiving should not dwindle.

"I was here yesterday and we want to ensure that Anna`s
support does not dwindle," Kishan Kher, a businessman from
Meerut said.

The crowd broke into cheers as Anna took the centrestage
at 9 am.

The crowds also clamoured to give a byte to the TV
cameras.

"It is important to talk to TV cameras. After all this
is how the message goes out that there is something happening
here in Delhi," Kamal Singh Rathore, a resident of Rohini in
the national capital said.

A host of people dressed as Gandhi and Shivaji were seen
taking rounds of the ground.

Volunteers were seen distributing biscuits, tea and
water to the people and the large media and police contingents
posted at the venue.

PTI