It needs to be mentioned that the ‘journey’ actually started from Ramlila Ground, when veteran social activist Anna Hazare went on a hunger strike for 12 days in order to press the Centre over Lokpal Bill.

Arvind Kejriwal stood by Anna’s side constantly and eventually became a household name in the national capital.

From 1930s, when the ground came into being at the edge of the Mughal-built Walled City, it has seen historical figures address huge rallies.

During India's independence struggle, Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and others used Ramlila Maidan for political meetings.

The ground was the venue for Jayaprakash Narayan when he addressed a 1,00,000-strong rally in June 1975 just before the then prime minister Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency rule.

And shortly before the historic 1977 election that for the first time ended Congress rule in India, another massive rally at the ground brought together a galaxy of opposition leaders who were to unseat Gandhi.

In June 2011, Ramlila Maidan - where one of the biggest of Ramlila celebrations takes place every year - saw Yoga exponent Ramdev preside over thousands.

That meeting ended on a sad note when a woman was killed in a stampede as the police tried to break up Ramdev supporters.

Saturday’s event was yet another addition to the vista of historical events, Ramlila Ground has hosted so far.

(JPN/Agencies)

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