Even as the organisers of India Against Corruption (IAC) spearheading the campaign for a strong Lokpal bill are awaiting formal permission for the venue to hold the agitation from August 16, volunteers have started drumming up support across Delhi.
The volunteers carried out several programmes across the city on Thursday with events including a rally at Delhi University, student interaction with former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, part of the IAC core team, lead campaigners Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia at Greater Noida, an all religion prayer at Jantar Mantar in the evening and a candle march in Gurgaon.
Rishikesh Kumar, an advocate, is a volunteer coordinating with other volunteers. “Despite rains this morning, there were 200-odd students for the rally we took out from Vishwavidyalaya metro station,” Kumar said.
Similarly, Bedi’s interaction with students at St Stephen’s College seminar hall was attended by more than 250 students, who jostled for space in the hall with capacity of 150, he said.
All events received enthusiastic response from citizens, the organisers claimed.
Meanwhile, after Delhi police suggested Jaiprakash Narayan Memorial Park as the protest site, the organisers first sent a formal application to the director general of horticulture at the CPWD. “However, he expressed his inability to clear our application and asked us to contact Kamal Nath, the Minister for Urban Development,” the organisers said.