Forward march against corruption
Gandhi hum sharminda hain, bhrashtachari zinda hain (Gandhi, we are ashamed, the corrupt are still thriving)
Responding to slogans like these, Brigadier (Retd) Vijay Raheja, Jyoti Ramachandran and Ram Pal joined thousands of citizens, civil society activists and intellectuals at the historic Ramlila ground on the day of Gandhiji's death anniversary.
Raheja, an ex-army man from Gurgaon, Jyoti, a housewife from Trilokpuri, Delhi's neighbourhood known for housing economically poor, and Pal, a labourer from Faridabad, may have nothing in common.
But on Sunday, they were at Ram Lila maidan for what the organisers described as "India's fight against corruption" — a movement initiated not just in Delhi but also across 55 cities in the country (see box).
Organised by the forum 'India Against Corruption', their main demand comprised enacting an effective Lokpal bill.
Speakers pointed out how the proposed Lokpal bill by the Centre is an eyewash and the government should pass the Jan Lokpal bill, prepared by citizens.
Among those who addressed the rally were former top cop Kiran Bedi, activist lawyers Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, Archbishop of Delhi Rev Vincent M Concessao, Mehmood Madani, labour rights activist Swami Agnivesh and senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani.
Ram Jethmalani (87) said: "At this age too, I am here as I believe the time has come.”
Religious leader Mehmood Madani said: "We need to stand against corruption just like the way we have fought terrorism."
Activist Arvind Kejriwal said, "We wish people to vote against corruption and pressurize parties to enact the Jan Lokpal Bill."
Later, rallyists undertook a march from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar.
After the cabinet meeting, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the new buses will start arriving from August 2022 and by September 2023, all buses, including the 1,500 electric and 450 CNG-run air-conditioned buses, will be inducted into the city fleet.
Strong protests by pro-Jammu parties erupted in Jammu on Wednesday over barbaric murder of tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur. The protesters owing allegiance to the Dogra Front, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal raised slogans against the brutal killing and demanded strict action against the perpetrators. They also demanded sacking of the Ashok Gehlot-led government over the deteriorating law and order situation in Rajasthan. The protesters also burnt effigies of the two attackers.
Jammu & Kashmir lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha held a meeting with several political leaders of the union territory at Raj Bhawan in Srinagar on Wednesday evening. The meeting was held to discuss the current situation in J&K and the Amarnath Yatra that will begin on Thursday. The Lt Governor said the meeting was held to discuss the management of Amarnath Yatra. PDP chief spokesman Suhail Bukhari, however, didn't say whether pDP president Mehbooba Mufti will attend the meeting.
Amid tight security first batch of yatris reached Baltal on Wednesday, one of the base camps for the Amarnath Yatra, as the pilgrims will have a night halt at the camp. On Thursday morning they will be leaving for the holy cave. At several places, documents were checked thoroughly. Every year the annual Amarnath yatra is taken from two routes via Baltal in Ganderbal and Pahalgam in Anantnag district. Some pilgrims were busy chanting hymns.
A 15-year-old pedestrian succumbed to injuries sustained after being hit by an SUV near Botanical garden, Chandigarh. Lavanya was identified as Lavanya, 15, a resident of Nayagaon. The incident took place on Tuesday when Lavanya was crossing the road near gate number 1 of Botanical Garden. She where she succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday. Lavanya is survived by The victim's mother, Nancy Sharma, who works in a hotel and 10-year-old brother, and her father.