On Day 2 of the agitation over the Lokpal Bill, more than 44 people sat on a hunger strike at Azad Maidan to support Anna Hazare’s campaign. Participants included not just activists, but a sailor, a cardiac surgeon and a BPO executive, who said he quit his job to join the campaign against corruption.
“I learnt about this bill at the India Against Corruption meetings. The current Lokpal Bill which has been pending with the government for the past 42 years is totally ineffective and our system is deteriorating like never before. A plan is needed to discipline the system,” said Dr Ratna Magotra, a 64-year old cardiovascular thoracic surgeon.
A former professor and head cardiovascular thoracic surgeon at KEM Hospital, Magotra now practises at a cardiac institute in the city. “I have not kept any appointments till April 12 as I want to participate in this agitation,” she said.
Dombivli resident Naresh Thakur, 26, said he gave up his job as BPO executive to join the campaign two months ago. “This revolution is not the result of a day’s activity, some people have been working on it for months and I am one of them.”
Jimmy Quadros, 41, a sailor and resident of Malad, said, “I have worked with a cruise liner for 17 years and am sad to see my country decaying due to corruption. I decided to support the Jan Lokpal Bill by volunteering for the hunger strike,” Quadros said.
There were many who participated in the protest rally on Tuesday and returned to Azad Maidan on Wednesday. A group of about 40 resumed the hunger strike that will go on till April 12.
Meanwhile, the hunger strike continued in 25 districts of the state, the organisers said. “If the government continues to ignore Anna’s demands, our agitation will become even more aggressive,” said Mayank Gandhi from India Against Corruption.