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Nationwide supporters unite for Anna

As Anna Hazare reached Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi from Tihar Jail today to continue his fast against corruption that began on Tuesday, nation-wide support poured in for him.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2011 18:46 IST

As Anna Hazare reached Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi from Tihar Jail on Friday to continue his fast against corruption that began on Tuesday, nation-wide support poured in for him.

Protests enter fourth day in Karnataka
The Anna Hazare protest wave continued to sweep Bangalore for the fourth day as Freedom Park once again became the epicentre of people's strength.

Former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, a member of the joint committee on drafting the Lokpal Bill, participated in the protest as protesters, mostly students, shouted slogans "Anna Hazare Zindabad" and "Bharat Maata Ki Jai".

From early morning, people from all walks of life started to pour in at Freedom Park and many of them eagerly awaited Hazare's release from New Delhi's Tihar Jail.

Shutdown in Vadodara to support Hazare's campaign
A call for a bandh in the city in support of social activist Anna Hazare's fight against corruption on Friday was well received.

Most of the shops and business establishments in Vadodara remaining closed for the day.

The bandh call was given by the city based India Against Corruption (IAC), a body formed by several activists.

Meanwhile, the Baroda Bar Association (BBA) has given a call to keep the courts closed for an indefinite period in support of Hazare's cause, BBA president Ranjit Rathod said.

Ranchi women hit streets in support of Anna Hazare
Three days after anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare stepped out of Delhi's Tihar Jail women on Friday hit the streets in Ranchi while several shop-owners spontaneously downed shutters in the Jharkhand capital in support of Gandhian Anna Hazare.

The women, mostly tribals, took out a huge rally under various banners, including Birsa Ulgulan Manch, covering main routes of the city, shouting pro-Anna and anti-corruption slogans.

Lawyers stay away from work in Bihar in support of Hazare
Around 5,000 lawyers under the banner of the Patna District Bar Association (PDBA) on Friday boycotted the proceedings of the civil court here expressing their solidarity with Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption.

Meanwhile, Bihar unit of 'India Against Corruption', the umbrella body of the citizen's movement fighting for a strong Lokpal, launched a wider contact programme in the state from today to create awareness among the people against corruption.

Mumbai's dabbawalas take a break for Hazare, join protest
For the first time in their 120-year-old history, Mumbai's famous dabbawalas, who deliver tiffins to over two lakh customers daily, on Friday took a break to support social activist Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption.

"We don't have any demands of our own. We are here for Anna," a dabbawala told reporters at Azad Maidan. "Anna ji, we will be with your forever," he said.

Support for Hazare spreads in Rajasthan
Support to Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption continued to spread in parts of Rajasthan with government employees across the state deciding to join the peaceful agitation on Friday.

The state employees will go for a half-day mass leave after lunch in support of the Gandhian.

Noida farmers march to support Anna
Announcing their support for activist Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption, farmers in Uttar Pradesh on Friday took out a procession from Patwari-Bisrakh Square in Greater Noida to the Ramlila ground in Delhi, in turn expecting his support for a new land acquisition bill.

Pro-Anna marches, protests, dharnas continue in Jammu
Backing Anna Hazare's demand for a Jan Lokpal Bill, people in Jammu on Friday continued with their marches, protests and dharnas for the fourth consecutive day on Friday.

Led by Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) state secretary Manoj Kumar, party activists on Friday sat on a dharna near the city railway station in support of a strong Lokpal Bill. Chanting pro-Anna slogans, they lashed at the Congress-led government for arresting the Gandhian and demanded that the Prime Minister and Judges should also be brought under the Lokpal.

Lucknow celebrates as Hazare leaves Tihar Jail
Dancing to the beats of drums and singing patriotic songs amidst ecstatic shouts of "Anna nahin ye aandhi hai, aaj ka yug ka Gandhi hai (He is a storm, a modern day Mahatma Gandhi)," people in Lucknow on Friday were in a celebratory mood on learning that veteran social activist Anna Hazare had left New Delhi's Tihar Jail to continue his fast against corruption at the Ramlila Ground.

In Hazratganj, Aliganj, Indira Nagar, Gomti Nagar and several other localities of the city, people waived the tricolour, distributed sweets and congratulated one other for supporting Hazare’s fight against corruption.

Support for Anna's cause spreads in Madhya Pradesh
The support for Anna Hazare's "India Against Corruption" campaign has made deep inroads into the rural hinterland of Madhya Pradesh with people turning out in large numbers to express their solidarity towards the Gandhian's agitation for a strong Lokpal.

"There is a widespread support for Hazare's campaign in rural areas which is being witnessed for the first time. People from villages are coming to towns for taking part in protests and marches," Neemuch District Panchayat Chairman, Ishwar Singh Chouhan said.

( PTI + IANS inputs )

First Published: Aug 19, 2011 17:36 IST