The support for Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption campaign has made deep inroads into the rural hinterland of Madhya Pradesh with people turning out in large numbers to express their solidarity towards the Gandhian's agitation for a strong lokpal.
"There is a widespread support for Hazare's campaign in rural areas which is being witnessed for the first time. People from villages are coming to towns for taking part in protests and marches," Neemuch district panchayat chairman, Ishwar Singh Chouhan told PTI on Friday.
"The best part is that people are coming out of their villages on their own in such large numbers for the first time to participate in protests being organised at smaller towns like Shujalpur and Kalapipal. There is a positive atmosphere in villages on the issue of Anna's campaign," Shajapur district panchayat chairman, Leela Devi Parmar's husband said.
In big villages like Jamner and Raipur, locals have also taken out rallies in support of Anna's movement, he said adding rural folks are of the opinion that the government should have listened to the activist's demands.
In tribal Dindori district, some of the protestors dressed-up like Anna on August 15, to awaken people on the issues raised by him, specially corruption, Dindori district panchayat president, Omprakash Dhurve said.
Similar scenes were seen in Damoh district where nearly 200 people staged a protest in support of Anna, Damoh district panchayat chairperson, Anita Thakur said.
On Friday, villagers have organised a protest in support of the campaign at Tendukheda, where a large turnout is expected, she said.
However, Guna district panchayat chairman, Sumer Singh Garha said that during his day-long tour in the district he did not notice any support for Anna's campaign except for a few children taking interest.
Garha said that even after a strong lokpal comes into existence, corruption is not going to be wiped out from the society.
"There is a need to further improve the present system of governance in the country instead of creating an all new body," he said.