sports ministry Friday raised objections over Anna Hazare's hunger
strike at Mumbai's Azad Maidan, saying the ground was reserved for
sports and religious activities.
"The venue which they (Team Anna) want is reserved only for sports
or religious activities, not for such agitations, so we have
objected. They can seek any other venue than Azad Maidan," N.B.
Mote, state deputy director (Sports), told IANS.
Even the Bombay High Court, during a hearing here Friday,
questioned the need for Hazare's agitation "outside" parliament.
The court has observed that if Team Anna wanted to agitate, they
must pay the hire charges for the venue.
Hazare has threatened he would agitate inside jail if not given a
proper venue for his hunger strike for a strong Lokpal bill in
Mumbai from Dec 27.
For the MMRDA ground, a rent of Rs.3.5 lakh per day, plus a
deposit, has been demanded.