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Ministers, MPs face aam aadmi protest

delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2011 12:48 IST

Union Ministers and MPs on Tuesday faced the heat over the Lokpal issue when protesters staged demonstrations outside their homes in several parts of the country heeding Anna Hazare's call to visit the elected representatives.

In the Capital, a dharna was staged by Hazare supporters in front of the residences of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and some MPs.

Sibal was among the first who had to face the ire of the protesters when around 40 people gathered outside his Teen Murti residence seeking his support for the Jan Lokpal Bill.

"Go to their residences... go sing Raghupati Raghav raja Ram, sabko sanmati de bhagwan," he had said yesterday while asking a cheering crowd at the Ramlila Maidan to start visiting their elected representatives' residences and stage demonstrations.

"We have come here to request Sibal to support the Jan Lokpal Bill. This is a good bill and everybody should support it," a protester outside Sibal's Teen Murti residence said.

People also gathered outside the Talkatora residence of Mukherjee, who was member of the joint drafting committee on
Lokpal Bill along with Sibal, and shouted slogans against the government.

Police was deployed in strength outside their homes.

Protesters also staged demonstrations outside Dikshit's Motilal Nehru Road residence. They shouted slogans against the CM and also referred to the CAG report on Commonwealth Games.

Protests were held outside the homes of BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, party MP Ashok Argal and Congress MPs Kamal Nath, Subodh Kant Sahay and J P Aggrawal.