Lucknow celebrates as Hazare leaves Tihar Jail

August 19th, 2011 - 4:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 19 (IANS) Dancing to the beats of drums and singing patriotic songs amidst ecstatic shouts of “Anna nahin ye aandhi hai, aaj ka yug ka Gandhi hai (He is a storm, a modern day Mahatma Gandhi),” people in this Uttar Pradesh capital Friday were in a celebratory mood on learning that veteran social activist Anna Hazare had left New Delhi’s Tihar Jail to continue his fast against corruption at the Ramlila Ground.

In Hazratganj, Aliganj, Indira Nagar, Gomti Nagar and several other localities of the city, people waived the tricolour, distributed sweets and congratulated one other for supporting Hazare’s fight against corruption.

“We want to enjoy the moment…Let’s celebrate it…It’s our first victory over the government, who earlier was not ready to allot a place where Annaji can observe his fast…Annaji has made us to realise the power of public, which in turn forced the government to reconsider its decision,” Rudra Pratap Singh, a Lucknow University (LU) student, who participated in a procession in Hazratganj, told reporters.

Kailash Singh, a retired teacher, who also cheered for Hazare in a procession in Gomti Nagar, told reporters: “Just observe the atmosphere across the country…Have you ever witnessed such a support to any leader after independence? We have got our leader, and under his leadership we will get the Jan Lokpal bill implemented.”

Members of India Against Corruption, which is backing Hazare, said that people across various age groups and different walks of life continued to converge at the Jhulelal Park, where the main programmes to solicit support for Hazare are being organised.

“Teachers, students, doctors, housewives and even those involved in menial jobs, all are coming here to lend support to Hazare’s anti-graft drive,” said IAC member R.K. Agarwal told IANS.

Several activists have been observing an indefinite fast for the last three days at the Jhulelal Park to support Hazare’s campaign.

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