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‘Ready to fast again if required’

Energised with their victory, 17 volunteers from city who were fasting with social activist Anna Hazare to demand a strong Lokpal bill are all set to participate in the next movement by Hazare to ensure that the anti-graft bill is passed and implemented.

mumbai Updated: Aug 29, 2011 01:27 IST
Prajakta Chavan

Energised with their victory, 17 volunteers from city who were fasting with social activist Anna Hazare to demand a strong Lokpal bill are all set to participate in the next movement by Hazare to ensure that the anti-graft bill is passed and implemented.

The volunteers who broke their fast on Sunday claimed that their 12-day hunger strike has only given them strength to fight the corrupt system. “This is a victory of the common man. The parliamentarians too have admitted that in India, the citizens’ will is of utmost importance. We hope the government keeps its promise. If not, we will go on a hunger strike again,” said Sudhir Shah, an RTI activist from Prabhadevi.

“We will be watching the proceedings of the House closely. We hope the standing committee sends the bill to the Parliament at the earliest and it gets passed soon,” added Shah.

Determined to end corruption, some volunteers were even ready to fast longer, if required. “We were ready to fast for 4-5 days more. I am looking forward to participating in Anna’s movements against inflation, poverty, unemployment and other social evils in the future,” said Roshni Raut, a homemaker from Kalwa.

After winning the battle against government, Urmila Lunawara now plans to seek justice for herself. As the primary school teacher in a Gujarati-medium school in Sion purportedly exposed the illegalities in the school, she was apparently transferred to a civic school in Ghatkopar.

“When I objected to my transfer, I was not allowed to sign in the register. I have not been given my salary for the last 45 days. This movement has proved that the voice of common man too will be heard,” said 40-year-old Lunawara.

Though back to business, most are determined to track the developments on the bill. Said Dr Ratna Magotara, cardiac surgeon with a hospital in Matunga: “I will resume work in 2-3 days. But that will certainly not stop for watching the proceedings carefully. If required, I will be an active part of the campaign again.”