It’s not just the Centre that is facing the heat of the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement. The Congress-Nationalist Congress (NCP) alliance too could face a tough time in the upcoming civic polls, if a strong version of the Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing parliament session.
On the day that Hazare, the crusader against corruption, held a day-long fast in New Delhi, hundreds of city residents participated in a vehicle rally organised by the Mumbai chapter of the India Against Corruption (IAC), from Shivaji Park to Azad Maidan.
During his speech at the Azad Maidan, Mayank Gandhi, coordinator of IAC Maharashtra, said that they would rally against the Congress in all civic polls in the state, if the Lokpal Bill was not passed by the winter session of the parliament.
“Through his agitation, we are warning the central government that if a strong Jan Lokpal is not passed in this session, we would be forced to pressurise the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-led government, by rallying against the Congress in the upcoming civic polls.”
This could spell trouble for the ruling NCP-Congress alliance in the state, as several major civic bodies, including the city’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Thane Municipal Corporation, and those in Nagpur, Amravati, Akoli, Pune, Pimpri-Chichwad, Solapur, Nashik and Ulhasnagar will go to polls.
“We will engage in anti-Congress propaganda in all the regions where polls will be held, if the bill is not passed in this session. An anti-Congress wave will spread across the state. We will withdraw the agitation the moment the bill is passed,” said Praful Vora, IAC volunteer.
Thousands of vehicles, ranging including cycles, bikes, superbikes, private cars, taxis, vans, trucks, tempos, school vans and buses participated in the rally.