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Anna to go ahead with fast in Mumbai

By The Assam Tribune
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RALEGAN SIDDHI/NEW DELHI, Dec 23 � Anna Hazare today made it clear that he will go ahead with his three-day fast in Mumbai from December 27 at MMRDA ground for which he will organise the Rs.7 lakh rent through donations as the Bombay High Court rejected a petition seeking discounted rates for the protest venue.

�MMRDA will give some concessions and the ground hire cost will be Rs 7 lakh. The donations will be accepted only by cheque and draft. We will also keep tab on the donors,� he said in Ralegan Siddhi.

Hazare said his close aides Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi will join him in his fast in Mumbai while another group of activists will go on hunger strike in Delhi in support for a strong Lokpal bill.

He said it was wrong on part of his supporters to approach the court seeking concession for the venue and that if they had sought his opinion, he would not have allowed them to seek judicial intervention.

�Azad Maidan�s area is not enough. MMRDA has said they would reduce the rent. They said if your organisation is registered, then we will reduce the rate. People have already offered to donate Rs one-two lakh. If people are ready to donatre and MMRDA is ready to reduce the rent, I asked them (supporters) to take it,� Hazare told reporters.

Hazare�s remarks came as Bombay High Court rejected Team Anna�s petition for direction to Maharashtra government for allotting MMRDA ground for free or at concessional rates for Anna Hazare�s fast. � PTI

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Anna to go ahead with fast in Mumbai

RALEGAN SIDDHI/NEW DELHI, Dec 23 � Anna Hazare today made it clear that he will go ahead with his three-day fast in Mumbai from December 27 at MMRDA ground for which he will organise the Rs.7 lakh rent through donations as the Bombay High Court rejected a petition seeking discounted rates for the protest venue.

�MMRDA will give some concessions and the ground hire cost will be Rs 7 lakh. The donations will be accepted only by cheque and draft. We will also keep tab on the donors,� he said in Ralegan Siddhi.

Hazare said his close aides Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi will join him in his fast in Mumbai while another group of activists will go on hunger strike in Delhi in support for a strong Lokpal bill.

He said it was wrong on part of his supporters to approach the court seeking concession for the venue and that if they had sought his opinion, he would not have allowed them to seek judicial intervention.

�Azad Maidan�s area is not enough. MMRDA has said they would reduce the rent. They said if your organisation is registered, then we will reduce the rate. People have already offered to donate Rs one-two lakh. If people are ready to donatre and MMRDA is ready to reduce the rent, I asked them (supporters) to take it,� Hazare told reporters.

Hazare�s remarks came as Bombay High Court rejected Team Anna�s petition for direction to Maharashtra government for allotting MMRDA ground for free or at concessional rates for Anna Hazare�s fast. � PTI

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