Nation still in protest mode

Nation still in protest mode

Activists of BJP's student wing ABVP staged a dharna as part of bandh call given to express its solidarity with the anti-corruption crusader.

Hazare's supporters outside Tihar jail broke into cheers and shouted anti-corruption slogans after he got permission with some conditions for his indefinite fast at the historic Ramlila maidan in Delhi.Several schools and colleges remained closed in Madhya Pradesh in support of Hazare's 'India Against Corruption' campaign. Lawyers at Bhopal also stayed away from work affecting court proceedings.

Rains did not dampen the spirit of protesters who continued to throng the Freedom Park in Bangalore where they continued their dharna for the third day, with veteran Gandhian H S Doreswamy and former Supreme Court Judge Santosh N Hegde among them.BJP held a protest near Mahatma Gandhi statue on M G Road but former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa who had said he would participate in it, was conspicuous by his absence. A bandh was also observed in Hazare's home district of Ahmednagar in Maharashtra with thousands of youth participating in the peaceful protests for a strong Lokpal.

For the second day, IT professionals holding placards and carrying the national flag took out a march in Kochi raising slogans against the arrest of Hazare.The march was taken out during the lunch break at the Infopark.

Protest walks were held across Goa and most colleges witnessed sparse attendance in the wake of bandh call given by ABVP.The famed Azad Maidan in Panaji witnessed around 250 students holding protests till afternoon. Rallies were held in major cities like Ponda, Margao and Vasco where thousands of students waving tricolour shouted pro-Hazare slogans.

Continuing their support to Hazare's anti-corruption campaign, a large number of people observed fast in Chennai.In Coimbatore, 1,500 lawyers boycotted proceedings in the district courts condemning the Union Government and Delhi Police for their action in taking Hazare into custody. CPI activists staged a demonstration in Bhubaneswar and demanded inclusion of prime minister within the ambit of the proposed Lokpal legislation.

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