Team Anna's indefinite fast against the UPA government remained dull all week-long with crowds still keeping away from the protest site where some people misbehaved with women media persons.
The crowd count never exceeded 700 to 800 people and the protest site wore a deserted look.
Anna remained upbeat however.
"I don't know why people are not coming," Hazare said. But he clarified - "Our protest is not (for) gathering crowds but (to attract) people who are passionate to work for the society and country,"
"I don't think I should launch a political party or stand in general elections... My heart does not go with it. But I will give an alternative to people," Hazare told IANS in an interview at the Maharashtra Sadan where he is staying.
The thinning crowd at the Jantar Mantar received a boost when Baba Ramdev reached the protest venue with a wave of supporters.
"I do not want to make comments against anyone. I have a lot of respect for Anna Hazare and want to bring change in the society. But for any mass movement to be called successful, participation of nearly one percent of the total population is a must," Ramdev said.
Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay had his own take. He said the lukewarm response to Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement this time was because of people's awareness about its political nature.
"Now, the people understand that Anna Hazare's movement has been less for peoples cause and more for political", Sahay said.
Image: Anna Hazare watches during a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP)