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Continue fight against graft: Aamir to public

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 28, 2011
First Published: 00:26 IST(28/8/2011) | Last Updated: 01:18 IST(28/8/2011)

It was a star-studded moment at the Ramlila Maidan with Aamir Khan, Rajkumar Hirani and Sonu Nigam making an appearance on the 12th day of Anna Hazare’s protest. The crowd broke into a collective cheer as the celebrities made an appearance on stage.

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Aamir and Anna Hazare shared the centrestage and later the actor sent a strong message to the crowds with regard to the anti-graft movement.

“Anna Hazare’s movement has awakened all of us to join the struggle against corruption. I have read and understood the difference between both the versions of the Lokpal Bill. Since every person has his sight on this bill, it is imperative that a strong Lokpal Bill be passed," Aamir Khan said.

He also urged the supporters who had gathered at the ground to extend their wholehearted participation even after the protest within the grounds was over.

"This struggle should not end after Anna Hazare breaks his fast. The country needs Anna's leadership and we all understand that this is a process, which will be debated in Parliament. Till such time, I urge Anna to end his fast," Aamir added.

Yet, among the other messages the actor sent out to the crowds, he drove home the importance of the power of voting that rested with the general public, urging them to extend their participation in future electoral processes.

"When elections are held, a lot of people don't vote. The next time elections are held, we all must go out and vote. We must also urge our Members of Parliament (MPs) to support the Lokpal Bill. As a citizen of this country, I will tell my MP Priya Dutt to extend her support to this bill," Khan said.

However, factions of the volunteers frowned upon the actor's presence, claiming that security had been diverted largely towards protecting him, instead of maintaining law and order within the venue.

"It is not right for a superstar to turn up at a mass movement like this because the hysteria becomes uncontrollable and all forces are directed towards protecting him, instead of controlling the massive crowd," said Abhinav Ahuja, a volunteer.

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