Even as various associations continued to lead demonstrations to Azad Maidan on Wednesday, the ninth day of protests, to support the ongoing anti-corruption crusade, Mumbaiites held plate-and-spoon rallies at multiple railways stations across the city.
Citizens pounded plates with spoons at Dadar, Bhandup, Borivli and Vile Parle stations. Various groups such as the Bombay Iron Merchant Association, the Steel Chamber of India, Darukhana Iron and Steel Merchant Association, Bombay Iron and Broker Association and Federation of Minority NGOs, an umbrella body that includes 100 Muslim bodies, all led rallies to Azad Maidan.
“Both the giver and the taker are responsible for corruption. We vow for any amount of profit we will not bribe any government official or agency. I request all associations to encourage their members to participate in this crusade,” said Vinesh Mehta, president, Bombay Iron Merchant Association.
Dr Azimuddin, coordinator of the Federation of Minority NGOs, said: “In Islam, both accepting and giving bribe is a crime, so Muslims should take initiative in this campaign.”
At least 45 elderly people from senior citizens’ groups marched to Azad Maidan to support Hazare. “We decided to go to nana-nani parks, schools, colleges, associations working for senior citizens to let people know more about the bill and its benefits,” said Shailesh Misra, national co-coordinator, Joint Action Committee of senior citizens’ organisations.
Around 100 advocates, all members of the Bar Association of the City Civil Court and Sessions Court of Greater Bombay, marched to Azad Maidan. “We support the movement against corruption and believe Anna should not have been arrested,” Sudeep Passbola, president of the Bar Association.
Protesters gathered outside the homes of MPs who did not meet with them on Monday. People held demonstrations outside the homes of MP Sanjay Patil (North East Mumbai) and MP Gurudas Kamat, (North West Mumbai). There were 200 people protesting outside Patil’s house. “We have been told Patil is in Delhi. It takes only 2.5 hours to reach here. So we will wait till he meets us,” said Rahul Korgaonkar, volunteer, IAC.