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Thin crowd at Jantar Mantar, men misbehave with women journalists

The crowd count at 11am when Anna Hazare took the dais along with his close aides at Jantar Mantar was around 300 and the protest site wore a deserted look with people seen only near the stage

 
New Delhi: Team Anna's indefinite fast against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government entered the third day on Friday with crowds still keeping away from the protest site where some people misbehaved with women media persons, reports PTI.
 
The crowd count was around 300 at 11am when Anna Hazare took the dais along with his close aides at Jantar Mantar. The protest site wore a deserted look with people seen only near the stage.
 
Fasting Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal, a diabetic whose health condition worsened a bit, made a brief appearance at the dais while others like Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai sat with Hazare.
 
Another Team Anna member Kiran Bedi was not present. She tweeted, "today in Pune for two prior committed speaking engagements. Perhaps a bit of a break of a different kind".
 
As Hazare took to the stage, some people misbehaved with media persons and even pushed them.
 
After journalists complained to police, organisers announced that those indulging in such acts were not with the movement and police should take action against them.
 
Organisers blamed the incident on miscreants who are out to disrupt the fast.
 
Later, journalists identified a person who misbehaved with a woman media person and handed him over to volunteers.
 
Two women journalists said that they were pushed by some men who misbehaved with them.
 
Crowds have been keeping away from the indefinite fast raising questions as to whether the movement has lost its steam.
 
In signs of differences, Hazare has refused to endorse his aides' attack against President Pranab Mukherjee.
 
Hazare appeared not in sync with his close aides levelling allegations against Mukherjee, who was sworn in as the new President, when he congratulated him on assuming the highest constitutional office.

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anantha ramdas

5 years ago

It is a sorry state of affairs when people misbehave like this and media persons are forced to defend themselves in doing their job!

I wonder why there were no security or police force present in such gatherings? If they were present, then, they were not doing the job of maintaining peace and ensuring safety of one and all.

Such wrong doers need to be punished severely.

Dayanidhi Maran quizzed by CBI in Aircel-Maxis deal case

CBI sources said Maran was questioned earlier this month, the first time after the agency had registered a regular case against him

 
New Delhi: India’s former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran has been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the allegations that he had received Rs547 crore as kickbacks from a Malaysian company in the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal, reports PTI.
 
CBI sources said Mr Maran was questioned earlier this month, the first time after the agency had registered a regular case against him, his brother Kalanithi Maran, Sun Direct TV Pvt Director, chairman of Maxis Communication T Ananda Krishnan, senior executive of Astro All Asia Network and Maxis Ralph Marshall and three companies Astro All Asia Networks, Sun Direct TV and Maxis Communications on charges of complicity.
 
Mr Maran’s statement was recorded. He shared information of whatever he remembered with the CBI, the sources said.
 
Mr Maran was earlier examined by the CBI in September 2011 when the agency had registered a preliminary enquiry into the case but no questioning or recording of statement was done at that point.
 
The CBI had also carried out searches at his residence and nine other locations after registering a case against him last year in connection with the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal.
 
It has been alleged by former Aircel chief C Sivasankaran that Mr Maran as the then telecom minister favoured Maxis-group in the takeover of his company and in return, investments were made by the company through Astro network in Sun TV owned by the Maran family.
 
CBI claimed quid-pro-quo on part of the then telecom minister has been established during the probe. It has also been proved during the CBI probe that there is direct evidence that files of Sivasankaran were deliberately delayed, sources said.
 
“CBI has registered case against Maran brothers, Ralph Marshall and T Anandkrishnan and three companies under section 120b of the Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy) read with 13(2) with 13(1)(d) and also section 7 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The case was registered on 9th October. Searches were conducted at Delhi and southern Chennai city,” CBI spokesperson had said after registering of the case last year.
 
At 12.49pm, Sun TV was trading 12.1% down at Rs259 on the BSE, while the benchmark Sensex was up 1.7% to 16,917.
 

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Crowds keep away from Team Anna fast on Day 2

The crowd count in the afternoon was less than 1,000, a marginal improvement from morning's 600, in a contrast to Team Anna's earlier protests at Jantar Mantar


New Delhi: The indefinite fast by Team Anna against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on corruption entered the second day on Thursday but questions cropped up as to whether the anti-corruption movement has lost its steam, reports PTI.
 
Unlike in the past, crowds that had thronged the protest venue were missing now. The organisers issued appeals to "mothers, wives and daughters" to flock to the protest site at Jantar Mantar tomorrow.
 
The crowd count in the afternoon was less than 1,000, a marginal improvement from morning's 600, in a contrast to its earlier protests when Jantar Mantar, the dharna hotspot, was jam-packed. The response to the fast on the first day yesterday was also modest with 2,500-3,000 people attending it.
 
Anna Hazare and his aides took the dais at 11 AM only though a Team Anna spokesperson said they had reached the spot an hour before. They were greeted with lukewarm chants of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai, Vande Mataram and Inquilab Zindabad'.
 
The counters for donation, information, volunteer registration wore a deserted look while more than half of the protest venue was empty.
 
As there were no action taking place and less enthusiasm in the crowd, media persons who were in large numbers also took a break from live coverage.
 
Arvind Kejriwal, one of the three Team Anna members who are fasting, went to Bulandshahar in Uttar Pradesh to attend a court hearing on his remarks against MPs calling them "criminals and rapists". Before leaving for the court, he said he did not think he had done anything wrong.
 
Apparently worried over the low attendance, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi appealed to the protesters to bring their "wives, mothers and daughters" to the venue tomorrow.
 
"Regret to see audience is predominantly male. It is said that we vote for a saree or a bottle of alcohol. We are being fooled. More than 50% of those who vote are women. Why are they not seen here?" she said. 
 
Reminding people that the ground was full during the Ramlila agitation last August, Bedi asked, "Are you afraid of being caught on live TV at an anti-corruption protest." 
 
Appealing to people to flock the venue as it is a fight for finish, Bedi said people have to take to the streets as they are becoming victims of corruption.
 
"You may ask what is benefit in protesting. It is for the future generation. I am more than 60 years old and I will also die. What is the benefit to protest? If we win this battle, we will leave a corruption-free India for our children. That is the benefit," she said.
 
Addressing protesters, lawyer Prashant Bhushan responded to Law Minister Salman Khurshid's jibe that they should approach United Nations if they do not subscribe to Supreme Court rejecting charges against Union Ministers.
 
"His claim that Supreme Court has cleared Ministers is false. The apex court has not cleared a single charge. It is not that the allegations levelled do not warrant an independent probe," he said.
 
Countering views that Team Anna has changed its course on Lokpal, he said the demand for probe against 15 Union Ministers is part of Lokpal agitation. "This country is going in a fast pace towards destruction. Soon in future, it will be totally destroyed. We have to stop this," he said.
 
Kumar Vishwas, another Team Anna member, also responded to Khurshid's statement saying he has doubts about the intelligence of the Law Minister, who is foreign educated.
 
"I studied in a municipal school. Our Law Minister is foreign educated and considered sensible. But after his comment that we go to UN, I have doubts about his degree and intelligence," he said.
 
Team Anna launched the agitation yesterday raising the pitch against UPA on corruption issue with activists attacking new President Pranab Mukherjee though Hazare refrained from making any personal remarks.
 
Hazare stuck to his pet theme of bringing a strong Lokpal Bill and threatened a 'jail bharo' agitation if government does not concede to his demands and campaigning for candidates chosen by people in the next Lok Sabha elections.

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