Support for Anna pours in from all over
As Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption protest catches up with the entire nation, residents from different areas across the Capital and NCR are also contributing their bit by organising candle-light marches and small rallies in their localities.delhi Updated: Aug 20, 2011 23:34 IST
As Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption protest catches up with the entire nation, residents from different areas across the Capital and NCR are also contributing their bit by organising candle-light marches and small rallies in their localities.
Those who are not going to Ramlila Maidan to support their icon are joining the rallies organised by their RWAs.
“People have faith in Anna and he has become a sort of an icon in the past few months. He is fighting for the people of India and it is our duty to support him,” said Anu Gupta, a resident of Lajpat Nagar.
EPDP Association, the umbrella body of 25 Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) in Chittaranjan Park is organising a candle-light march on Sunday in the area.
“Corruption is rampant in India. We are fed up of it and Hazare is leading our fight against corruption.
To extend our support to this cause, we are organising a candle-light march on Sunday,” said PK Roy, secretary, EPDP Association.
RWAs in other areas of Delhi such as Greater Kailash, Alaknanda, Panchsheel, Defence Colony, Safdarjang Enclave, Green Park and Mayur Vihar have come forward to support Hazare’s fight against graft.
“We are organising candle-light vigils in various parts of Delhi. We totally support Anna’s cause,” said Pankaj Aggarwal, secretary, Joint Front of RWAs in Delhi.
The residents of Ghaziabad also pitched in with their support for the ongoing agitation. The residents, professionals, advocates, businessmen, traders, schoolchildren, senior citizens and RWAs have come forward with protest march at their respective areas to pledge their support to Hazare. Almost all the areas of the city saw processions.
Gurgaon witnessed an overwhelming response from all quarters of society, from the MNC executives and BPO employees who have been taking off from their work to join Anna protest in Delhi, to the RWAs and pressure groups in the last few days.
Kavita Chiller, MCG councillor of Sector 29 organised a candle-light protest and local residents were seen supporting the cause.
About 24 RWAs and NGOs have formed a new outfit — Gurgaon Morcha — especially to stage candle-light processions and also resorted to relay hunger strike at Leisure Valley Park. Two to three members of Gurgaon Morcha have been sitting on a day long relay hunger strike on daily basis.
Also, the RWAs from various corners of Gurgaon have been organising candle-light marches in their individual capacities.
With inputs from Peeyush Khandelwal and SK Ahuja
First Published: Aug 20, 2011 23:31 IST