Arvind Kejriwal, a core committee member of Anna Hazare’s India Against Corruption (IAC), on Sunday said that the government is entirely responsible if there are any disruptions because of the three-day Jail Bharo Andolan that IAC has called for across the country, starting December 30.
IAC’s core committee members, Manish Sisodia and Kejriwal, arrived in Mumbai on Sunday for the three-day agitation to be held at the Bandra-Kurla Complex grounds from December 27 to 29.
By the end of the three-day agitation, if Anna’s Jan Lokpal Bill has not been tabled and passed by Parliament, the IAC has called for citizens to voluntarily court arrest. These arrests are expected to disrupt the city and throw road traffic in disarray.
So far, more than 8,000 people from Mumbai and 80,000 people from across the country have signed up for the Jail Bharo Andolan.
“The government has forced us to come on the streets, so they should tackle the problem. If the strong Lokpal Bill had been brought to Parliament, this situation would not have arisen,” said Kejriwal while speaking to the media in Mumbai.
When asked about the threat of the use of HIV-infected needles on the crowd supporting Anna’s agitation at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, Kejriwal said: “All these rumors are being spread to scare citizens. People should come out in large numbers to participate in this rally.”
Anna is expected to reach Mumbai by Monday evening to participate in the three-day stir, which starts on Tuesday.
“On Tuesday morning, after paying reverence to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Santacruz, Anna will leave for BKC with Kiran Bedi in a rally,” said Mayank Gandhi, IAC’s Mumbai coordinator.