As Anna Hazare’s fast-unto-death entered its fourth day, cyberspace was abuzz with thousands joining in, pledging their support for the septuagenarian Gandhian. More than 60,000 people joined the India Against Corruption (IAC) national page, taking the tally to 1.66 lakh supporters, while the list of online supporters in the city swelled by about 200.
Friday saw numerous people from the city not just pledging their support virtually, but also planning and announcing rallies and protest marches in their localities. RBS Bir, for instance, posted on the Mumbai Facebook page: “Many of us will be at Bandra (W) station. Let us have large numbers coming there with candles at 7 pm.”
Similarly, Shreyas Doshi, appealed to people to join a rally at Chembur. “Am at Chembur Ambedkar Garden candle vigil @ 7 pm tonite. Be there if you can,” he wrote.
Many announced protests at railway stations across the city, wanting to spread the word while the city was rushing back home. Neil Dixit posted: “TODAY: At 7 pm we will stand at our respective railway stations in Mumbai with a candle and spread the revolution through our spirit and pamphlets. Join us at the Railway Station near you!”
There were some, however, who displayed annoyance at Indian cricketers and at the Indian Premier League (IPL), which began on Friday, for not declaring support for Hazare. Mohan Iyer wrote: “Its so sad that the cricketers whu won the world cup and were put on the pedestal by the indian people arent even symbolically supporting the cause... do they deserve the support that they got when they needed it...”