If the government of India fails to present a strong Lokpal bill in the forthcoming session of the Parliament, the city may once again witness mass protests, this time, with an even larger support-base.
The Mumbai chapter of the civil society group, India Against Corruption, which has been actively campaigning for the Lokpal bill, has commenced registration of participants, which will be open till August 15.
Registrations have been taking place over the last three days, across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, near ticket counters of the following railway stations of several railway stations, including Thane, Goregaon, Dadar, Churchgate and Nerul. (see box for further details).
The registrations are done between 5.30 and 8.30pm and have seen a great response. So far, 22,000 people have registered.
Apart from details like name and contact number, volunteers are also asked to chose how they would contribute to the cause – through an indefinite fast, a relay fast (for a day) or by spreading information about it through word-of-mouth.
“Our initial target was of 1lakh supporters, but seeing the overwhelming enthusiasm of people we are thinking of doubling the target. We can see that Mumbai is preparing for final show down on August 16,” said Mumbai IAC co-ordinator Mayank Gandhi.
Gandhi added, “Will wait to see what kind of bill is proposed in the Parliament. If the bill is not strong, we will read it out publicly on August 9 and burn it as a mark of protest.
“Following that, on August 16 we will fast at Azad Maidan and outside 8-10 railway stations. On August 16, we will take to the streets and request office goers to join our movement,” he said.