People out on roads to celebrate Anna's victory
Scores of people came out on the roads in Delhi to express their elation over the victory of activist Anna Hazare, whose three key demands on the Lokpal bill were accepted by Parliament on Saturday.mumbai Updated: Aug 27, 2011 23:12 IST
Scores of people came out on the roads in Delhi to express their elation over the victory of activist Anna Hazare, whose three key demands on the Lokpal bill were accepted by Parliament on Saturday.
Sporting Anna caps, waving the tricolour and shouting slogans, people were seen heading towards India Gate.
Some people were found to be dancing to the tunes of patriotic songs on roads, while some took out car rallies and processions.
Many people boarded the metro to reach Ramlila Maidan where Hazare will break his fast 10 a.m. Sunday. At the venue, people were applauding and singing patriotic songs.
People in Mumbai voiced happiness that the mass campaign led by Anna Hazare had forced parliament to take the first steps towards a strong anti-corruption legislation.
"Anna has achieved what the people of the country wanted and he continues to remain safe and healthy," Andheri businessman Rajeev Jain told IANS.
Pooja Pujari, an executive with the five-star Hotel Trident Oberoi, said she was "thrilled by the victory of the people".
"Many of us had taken out a candle light march supporting Anna's cause last week. We are happy our individual efforts have succeeded in achieving Anna's objectives for a strong Lokpal Bill," Pooja told IANS.
Social worker VP Singh said that for the first time in decades, one man succeeded in uniting the common people on a single issue - corruption.
"It is the might of our people power that compelled the government and Lok Sabha to (act). This will send positive signals to the whole world that India is a very strong democracy," Singh said.
Himanshu Modi, a doctor, said the government was committed to enact a strong legislation to check corruption.
Housewife Ramya Iyer, however, warned that merely enacting a bill would not end
Celebrations broke out in streets of Chhattisgarh capital too as soon as the news of end to impasse spread.
At the main peace protest venue, Budha Talab, in the city, Anna supporters burst crackers and raised slogans for Anna's victory as the TV channels flashed news that the Lok Sabha had agreed to Anna's three main demands.
"It's power of people and an apprehension that Anna's movement can turn into a much more stronger and massive movement in villages and cities if Anna's demands were overlooked, forced Members of the Parliament cutting across party line to back up Anna's demand," a protester said amid noisy celebrations in heart of the city that was shut down in support of Anna Saturday.
Reports from other cities of the state including Bilaspur, Korba, Raigarh, Jagdalpur and Bhilai said people came out from their houses in celebration and burst crackers.
First Published: Aug 27, 2011 21:38 IST