Fast enters 4th day in Chennai; one hospitalised

A 40-year-old woman Sujatha, is braving it out with her fast and leading the rest, even as hundreds of youngsters including IT company professionals, chartered accountants, college and school students kept up the tempo with their protest demonstrations and signature campaigns in Chennai.

Bhavana Upadhya, a spokesperson for the umbrella organisation, India Against Corruption which is coordinating most of the NGOs’ in the pro-Anna campaign in the city, said that despite Sujatha running a BPO she was determined and courageous to continue with the fast by “putting all things aside,” Bhavana said.

One of the fasters, Balaji aged about 30 years, was hospitalised this afternoon after he began vomiting, the IAC spokesperson said. Balaji who hails from Thirukazhakundram in neighbouring Kancheepuram district, told the IAC volunteers that one reason for India’s high external debt was “corruption”.

“A strong Jan Lokpal Bill would help India pay back its debts,” cried Balaji before his health took a serious turn, Bhavana noted.

Veteran Parliamentarian Era Chezhiyan came to the fasting venue in Adyar, south Chennai, and addressed the fairly large gathering there including youths and school students waving pro-Anna banners and raising slogans in support of the latter’s course of action in New Delhi.

Candlelight vigil

Chezhiyan also took part in a candlelight vigil to convey that “India stood with Anna”.
Well known danseuse Anitha Rathnam and film star and MLA, Sarath Kumar also extended their support with their personal presence at the fasting venue.

The youth vent their anger against members of the political class allegedly holding Swiss Bank Accounts.

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