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Anti-graft group plans nationwide rallies on May 1

mumbai Updated: Apr 26, 2011 02:01 IST
Prajakta Chavan
Prajakta Chavan
Hindustan Times
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India Against Corruption (IAC), the group that has been at the forefront of the campaign for introducing the Jan Lokpal bill in the country, will stage mass demonstrations across the country on May 1 to garner support for this bill and sensitise the government. This rally comes a day before the 10-member joint panel is schedule to meet in Delhi to draft the bill.

The IAC plans major rallies at Delhi and Mumbai, which were hub of this movement.

“This rally is being organised to show our strength to the government. It will send a strong message to them that despite the ongoing smear campaign, our mission and movement remains intact. We will also seek a strong bill to tackle corruption,” said Ruben Mascarenhas, IAC Mumbai administrator.

The group’s Mumbai wing will stage demonstration at the Gateway of India.

“We request people to be part of this rally at the Gateway of India. If they can’t make it the Gateway, they should gather outside their respective railway stations and show their solidarity to this movement. Our aim is to sensitise the government and help bring a strong bill to fight corruption,” said Vyomesh Panchmatia, IAC volunteer.

Renowned social activist and former Indian Police Service officer Kiran Bedi will be in the city to address the rally.

“In her address, Kiran Bedi will seek graeter participation from the youth to make this movement a success. She has been part of the campaign since its inception and so it will be a pleasure to listen to her experiences,” said Manaan Gandhi, IAC volunteer.

Anna Hazare, the man who has been instrumental in spearheading this campaign, is currently on a nationwide tour to spread awareness about the bill and to garner public support.