Support for Anna swells in Uttar Pradesh

August 15th, 2011 - 9:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 15 (IANS) People in various cities of Uttar Pradesh have begun rallying round social activist Anna Hazare, who begins an indefinite hunger strike in Delhi Tuesday to press for a strong and more inclusive Lokpal bill, which seeks to maintain a strict vigil on corruption.

Holding the tri-colour aloft, people from various walks of life marched in processions Monday and formed human chains in many cities, including Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Allahabad and Lucknow.

“Anna Hazare has been fighting for us,” Banaras Hindu University (BHU) student Anil Kumar told reporters in Varanasi, some 300 km from Lucknow. “Now, it’s our turn to support him so that our country gets a potent tool to contain corruption.”

Shailesh Asthana, a banker who was part of a human chain in Ghazipur, said: “If an aged person like Anna can fight for saving the nation, youngsters definitely need to support him in his noble mission. I think most of the citizens in the country support Anna.”

In Lucknow, India Against Corruption (IAC) urged peaceful demonstrations Tuesday at the Jhulelal Park. “Students, teachers, doctors and people from all walks of life will be joining us in our sit-in to support the crusade,” local IAC co-ordinator R.K. Agarwal told reporters in Lucknow.

According to IAC, some of its members in Lucknow may also observe an indefinite hunger strike from Tuesday.

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