Support for Anna swells

As many as 68 people have registered with India Against Corruption (IAC) to support Anna Hazare’s satyagraha. While a majority have volunteered to fast for 48 hours, some others have registered to fast unto death.

Retired IAF officer V C Yogaiyah said he would fast for 38 hours, take a break and resume his fast. “A great clarion call has been given by Anna. The government is impudent in rejecting the public referendum. Corruption has to stop,” he said.

Nishant Kumar Mishra, 33, an IT firm employee, says he will fast till Hazare calls off his fast. “I have been paying tax for 10 years and I don’t want my money being eaten up by the likes of A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi.”

The fast will be staged at the Freedom Park on August 16. IAC, which is spearheading the civil society agitation across the country, has called upon Bangalore and the rest of Karnataka to be part of the ‘Awake, arise and stand up for India’ initiative, wherein citizens are expected to pledge their support to the campaign by coming out onto the streets.

IAC will go on a clean-up drive around the City to make a symbolic relation between  cleaning the surroundings and the need to cleanse the system from corruption. The first of these drives will be held in Yeshwantpur market area on Saturday at 11 am.  IAC will also organise bike rallies across the City from August 14 to 16.

Lights out

On August 15, IAC has called upon Bangalore to turn off the lights between 8 pm and 9 pm and instead light a lamp and observe the candlelight vigil.

A small team of IAC volunteers has chalked out a plan to walk from Bangalore to New Delhi to create awareness on  the campaign.

Ramesh Savanur, founder of the Mahatma Gandhi and Dr N S Hardikar Ashram in Bangalore, along with three others, will kickstart the ‘Delhi chalo’ initiative on August 17 from Freedom Park. Savanur will take the Bangalore-Dobbspet- Tumkur-Chitradurga- Hubli-Puna-Indore route.

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