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Saturday, 20 August 2011

Minorities hold rally to support Anna

INDORE: People belonging to the minority community took out a rally on Saturday to support Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption. A large number of children, prominent citizens and members of madarsa and masjid committees took part in the demonstration which started from Jam Jam Square of Khajrana and concluded at the Dargah.

Nashir Shah, one of the organisers of the rally, said that the entire country is suffering due to rampant corruption. "We decided to come out and express our solidarity with Anna Hazare. We want an effective Jan Lokpal Bill, and not a token legislation. We will have to ensure that the law, once made, is implemented properly in order to curb corruption," said Shah, adding that the delay in extending their support to the movement was due to the ongoing holy month of Ramzan.

The city Qazi, Dr Ishrat Ali, said that though there are many laws in the country but they are not being implemented properly. "I am supporting Anna because he has united the country for a cause. This is probably the first time that Indians have come together cutting across political and religious lines. Anna has done a wonderful work by bringing people from different sections of the society on a single platform," he added.

He said that we can curb corruption only by inculcating a sense of responsibility and nationalism among the people. "Anna has done a good job and the government should get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed," he added.

Meanwhile, several organisations came out in support of the anti-corruption movement on the fifth day of the agitation. Chartered accountants and their family members took out a rally from Urvashi Building to Regal Square, while children staged a protest wearing swimming costumes at Mhow Naka.

Members of Shivaji Market Association formed a human chain and Indore Grain Merchants' Association took out a rally, while Subhash Market Merchants' Association observed one-day bandh. Besides businessmen, students also took part in the protest braving the rain that lashed the city on Saturday afternoon. Shilpi Verma, a student, said that government's intransigence cannot shake the determination of 74-year-old Anna.


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