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Ramlila ground washed in saffron, green as Advani ends 'yatra'

Sunday November 20, 2011 07:54:24 PM, IANS

New Delhi: Bathed in saffron and green, the Ramlila ground and the roads leading to it were Sunday dotted with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flags and Advani masks as leader L.K. Advani concluded his 40-day 'Jan Chetna Yatra'.

The ground was flooded with supporters, mostly party workers, donning saffron BJP caps, chanting pro-BJP and anti-Congress slogans, and time to time breaking into "vande-mataram" and "Bharat mata ki jai".

Some were even seen donning Advani-masks, while one supporter was curiously sporting a garland of vegetables.

A saffron and green coloured stage stood tall with the Dargah Faizi Ilahi mosque of old Delhi in its background.

The crowd, came in groups holding banners against price rise, corruption and the Congress-led government.

Advani's rath, also decorated with orange and green flowers, stopped right in front of the stage.

The nationalist songs lent a patriotic feel to the atmosphere and the crowd got super-charged as veteran leader Venkaiyah Naidu took a round.

"We are here tired of price rise, and we support BJP," said Ramesh Gupta, a small grocery store owner from Karol Bagh.

"It's difficult to run a home, every thing is expensive and we want some relief," said Lakshmi, a housewife from Old Delhi who was at the ground with her neighbours and family members.

Priti, who came from east Delhi, naively revealed she was "asked to come", but almost on a cue from a friend, added: "We are against black money and corruption."







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