Despite chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s persuasion over the phone, social activist Anna Hazare declared that he will not change his plan to go on an indefinite fast demanding the implementation of Jan Lokpal Bill at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, from Tuesday.
“Only discussing and not doing anything about corruption is pointless. We want a joint committee of government officials and members of ‘India against Corruption’ to review the Jan Lokpal Bill. The government should agree to our demand so that something can be done on an immediate basis,” said Hazare to reporters in Delhi.
With their leaders being a part of the ‘India Against Corruption’ movement, around 15,000 people belonging to different religions and sects are expected to fast at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Tuesday.
As a part of the protest, over 100 cars and bikes will march from Shivaji Park at 8.30am to Azad Maidan on Tuesday.
“Many have pledged their support via text messages and emails. Seeking inspiration from their religious leaders, many will be fasting at Azad Maidan or at their homes or offices. In the evening, we will be distributing pamphlets near CST station making citizens aware of the issue,” said Mayank Gandhi, Jagrut Nagrik Manch.
As a part of Gudi Padwa celebration in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, Hazare’s hometown, people supported Hazare by putting up black cloths in on their gudis as a mark of protest against government.
Religious monks and social leaders met Hazare in city on Sunday to motivate and support him before he left for Delhi. “Politicians divide us on the basis of religion, caste, language and other factors. But today, all of us are here to fight a problem created by the politicians,” said Parsi saint, Khusroo Panthki.
Maulana Azmi, Muslim saint, said, “Corruption is worse than the British rule. Then, we were ruled by outsiders, but today our own people are cheating us.