Songs like 'Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram' and slogans welcomed Hazare at Ramlila Grounds where the atmosphere of was electrifying as thousands converged there to show solidarity with him.
Thousands hit the roads in Delhi to give huge support to Anna Hazare's Movement
As the white dhoti-kurta-clad 73-year-old anti-corruption crusader stepped slowly out of the prison gate at about 11:30am, the air reverberated with the nationalistic slogans chanted by hundreds who had gathered since dawn to welcome the person spearheading a movement for a stronger Lokpal Bill after he spend three nights at Asia's largest prison.
A smiling Hazare climbed on to a newly erected podium and announced the "second freedom struggle" has started, a statement which was greeted with a deafening roar from the assembled people which included women, senior citizens and even children.
"The fight against corruption will continue whether I am alive or not," he said, flanked by his aides, who it seems were soaking in the glory spawned by the huge support that Hazare had garnered.
A seemingly satisfied Anna led the people in shouting 'Vande Mataram' and waved the tri-colour to his supporters, which included youths and school students.
Over 10,000 people were present at the site, who were not deterred by the heavy rainfall and a slushy ground.
Songs, speeches and slogans rent the air as people from different walks of life including students, housewives, government servants and businessmen made a beeline to the ground to be part of the movement led-by this ex-Army jawan, demanding a strong anti-corruption Lokpal bill.