Anna Hazare may be on indefinite fast for a stronger Jan Lokpal Bill, but many Mumbaiites are unsure what the bill is about. They are out on the streets because they are fed up of dealing with corruption.
“I have not read the bill, but I trust Anna,” said Bhairavi Ghoradia, an IT professional who attended the rally on Sunday.
“Six months ago I had to bribe officials to get my ration card. Everyone is so frustrated. Even my five-year-old son’s babysitter, who has an off on Sunday, agreed to work so I could take part in the rally,” she added.
Most supporters know the bill will empower the layperson. “Our role as a citizen would be stronger than it is now,” said Sonal Katarel, a medical student.
“I know the clauses of the bill because of media coverage,” said Foran Sinha, a Mira Road-based software engineer.
A few protesters know what the bill is about. “I have read the bill and I feel the clause that investigations be carried out in a stipulated timeframe is the best factor about it. It will reduce corruption by 70%,” said Archana Shah, an Ahmedabad-based businesswoman, who is on a working trip to Mumbai and joined the Bandra rally.