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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

UNDECLARED EMERGENCY: From Ground Zero: I am also Anna!

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From Ground Zero: I am also Anna

New Delhi: Just a day after Democratic India celebrated its ‘65th Independence Day’, swarms of people from all walks of life chanting slogans of ‘Vande Mataram and ‘Bharat Mata’ were seen flocking to the Pragati Maidan in Delhi on Tuesday, to protest against the arrest of Anna Hazare, fondly called the “modern Mahatma”.

In the second round of the Anna Vs Government showdown, people galvanised in huge numbers to show their concern and anger against the inefficiency of the Congress government to tackle the deep rooted menace of corruption.

While talking to, human rights activist Dilip Puri shared his grievances. Puri said that Lokpal Bill should be passed as it is for the benefit of the people. General masses should be made aware of its clauses which keeps the citizen’s woes as its core objective; only then a revolution can be brought in true sense.

Hitting out at the government he said, “Government is not trying to understand the general public’s sentiments and is not even providing a platform to raise their concerns.”

On being asked as to what extent he will go to support this movement, Puri replied, “We are ready for arrest but the Delhi Police is not actually arresting people, they are just taking them away and dropping them at Karkardooma, Nangloi and other places just to scatter the crowd.”

Sangeeta Saxena, a member of the Fight Against Corruption campaign, expressed her outrage by asking, “Are we better than Kasab? It seems like Kasab is not a terrorist but a citizen of this country and Anna Hazare is corrupt. Who is better?”

BK Nirmal from Delhi, who supported Jai Prakash Narayan at the time of Emergency, said he is back again to join the anti-corruption drive.

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