From farmers to students, Ramdev finds support in one and all
People from across India poured into Ramlila Ground on Saturday to show their solidarity to Baba Ramdev, who is on an indefinite hunger strike against corruption. Battling the severe heat people from all walks of life -- from farmers to office-goers, housewives to students -- stood by the anti-corruption guru and many of them even observed a fast along with him.
But there was one a stark contrast between protestors who turned up at Jantar Mantar in April when Anna Hazare went on a fast unto death and Ramdev's supporters. Most gathered at the Ramlila Ground were old followers of the yoga guru -- people who had absolutely blind faith in him. Many of them were associated with Ramdev's trust across India.
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Image: Thousands turned up at the Ramlila grounds on the first day of Ramdev's fast in New Delhi
'We are united by Baba's trust'
"Corruption is an issue that affects each and every Indian and that is why we are here. Yes, we are Baba's followers, but today's cause is corruption," added Devender Singh Negi, who runs a school in Solang.
The group arrived in the capital in their private cars early on Saturday.
Image: Devender Singh Negi along with other supporters of Baba Ramdev
Women power at Ramlila Ground
"Can't we, as women, extend support to Baba's noble cause," asked one, Sita Devi.
"We came here on our own. We are all housewives, but are equally concerned about the rampant level of corruption in this country. If Baba's movement succeeds, then even our village will benefit. He has said that poverty will be eradicated from this country and it will be," added Arti Mishra said.
Image: 30 housewives from Haryana were camping at the ground since Friday night
'I will stay here as long as Baba continues to fast'
Kashyap said that he had arrived in Delhi on Friday night and would stay as long as Baba continues to fast.
Image: Ajay Kashyap, a final year MA student, is an ardent supporter of Ramdev
'If we don't stand up against corruption now, then we never will'
"I just had to come. My family and I are devout followers of Baba Ramdev. They also wanted to come, but there was no one to take care of our land back home. So I came here on my own. I am here because I am concerned. As Baba said, if we don't become aware now and stand up, we will never be able to stand up. So here I am standing," exclaimed Chaudhury.
Image: Farmer Amit Chaudhury
'Baba is the only one who can save us'
"And here's Baba, who is the only one who can save us," she added pointing at a portrait of the yoga guru.
The painting was made by Pooja, who also joined Ramdev in his fast. "The painting specially for the campaign and that I will dedicate it to Ramdev's trust," she said.
Image: The painting depicting corrupt India was displayed at Ramlila Ground