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Anna Hazare wave takes the nation in its sweep

Director Madhur Bhandarkar took time out of his schedule and made a trip to Delhi for a few hours to support Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar.

mumbai Updated: Apr 08, 2011 00:16 IST
Priyanka Jain

Director Madhur Bhandarkar took time out of his schedule and made a trip to Delhi for a few hours to support Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar.

“What I saw today at Jantar Mantar was so overwhelming. I saw a sea of people flowing in from various walks of life from across the nation. And all because of one man: Anna Hazare. More power to him,” he said.

The Bollywood brigade has come together over corruption and Hazare has been their inspiration. While Aamir Khan has written a letter to PM Manmohan Singh, celebrities such as Shekhar Kapur, Onir, Anupam Kher, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose and Kunal Khemu are showing their solidarity too.

Kher, who also went to Delhi, said, “We have unfortunately reached a pinnacle of corruption. The youth is supporting Hazare, which is a good sign. Citizens should raise their voice against corruption. I hope people speak about this issue during IPL ceremony...”

Celebrity accounts on social networking sites are buzzing with the issue, but a few have gone beyond the tweet. Vinta Nanda, filmmaker, had an impromptu rally at Lokhandwala market and Fauzia Khan, a producer held a candle vigil.

Srinagar: So what if it is the second-most corrupt state in the country according to NGO Transparency International, J&K could not resist Hazare’s call against corruption.

RTI activist Dr Muzaffar Bhat threatened a Hazare-style movement, if the government did not take steps against the corrupt. Bhat, who has filed over 250 RTI applications in the last three days on issues across the Valley, said, “A joint drafting committee must be formed so the final version of the amendment ordinance represents a mutually agreed solution...”

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Bangalore: The scene was ironical. As people from all walks of life thronged Freedom Park in the heart of the city to demand cleansing the country’s political system, staff manning the public toilets refused to let protesters use them unless bribed.

Yoga instructor MK Gandhi, one of the activists observing indefinite hunger strike said, “We were asked to pay a bribe last night when we wanted to use the washrooms in the park. We did not pay, but it shows how deep-rooted corruption is.” Officials of Bruhut Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP), the new administrative body responsible for the civic and infrastructural assets of the city of Bangalore, denied knowledge of any such an incident, and refused to comment. Apart from Gandhi, event manager Sumit Negi, India Against Corruption activist Anand Yadwad and business consultant Ashutosh Singh — are observing indefinite fast.

Around 100 persons participating in the relay hunger strike at the Central Jail turned park cum museum. “The campaign has become a mass movement where every protestor is a leader...” said Nishant Kumar Mishra, one of the organiers of the hunger strike. HT Correspondent
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