Hundreds of citizens came out on the streets to support Anna Hazare who went on a day-long fast in New Delhi on Sunday demanding a strong anti-corruption law. About 1,200 members of the Mumbai unit of India Against Corruption (IAC) took out a car and bike rally from Shivaji Park in Dadar to Azad Maidan in south Mumbai.
The rally,which began at 10.30 am and ended at 2.30 pm,passed through Worli,Haji Ali,Tardeo,Opera House and Marine Drive before culminating at Azad Maidan. Before the rally started,about 100 IAC members performed a street dance in Dadar to spread awareness about the issue.
At Azad Maidan,50 Anna supporters also went on a symbolic fast. Today,we are holding a token protest. However,if the government does not give in to our demands,we will stage another protest on December 27, said a protester.
The protests,which continued till evening,included songs,impromptu speeches and street plays. One of the performances was by Ravi Tripathi,who shot to fame with reality TV show Indian Idol- 2.
The protestors included college students,legal activists,medical professionals and dabbawallahs.
Addressing the gathering,Mayank Gandhi,the Mumbai co- ordinator of IAC,said,In our country,corrupt persons in power are not brought to book. The laws are not strong enough. The Jan Lokpal Bill is an attempt in the same direction.
The confidence of people in the government is perhaps even less today than it was during the British time or the Emergency. Today,it seems that we are a first class nation with a third class government, Gandhi added.
Earlier this year,anti-corruption activists had staged protests for 12 days from August 16 to August 29. According to the IAC,about 1.5 to 2 lakh people had participated in the protest at the time. A total of 17 protesters ended their fast along with Anna Hazare after Parliament passed a resolution agreeing in principle to the activists chief demands.