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Thursday, 18 August 2011

Mumbai to ‘go hungry’ for Anna

Mumbai: Breaking a 120-year-old tradition of not having failed in their duty even once, Mumbai’s famous dabbawallas will strike work and sit on a day-long fast tomorrow in support of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.

“We are breaking our 120-year-old tradition by not providing tiffins tomorrow (Friday). This is the least we can do to support Annaji who has been fasting for over 50 hours in inhuman conditions,” Nutan Dabbalwala Trust secretary Kiran Gavande said.

Over 5,000 dabbawalas will take out a rally from Churchgate station to Azad Maidan in south Mumbai Friday to call for a stronger Lokpal Bill.

Silent protests, candlelight vigils, human chains, peace walks, car and bike rallies and torch rallies have been organised for the third day in a row after Hazare initiated protest in favour of a stronger Lokpal bill Tuesday.

BEST buses go off roads 

Expressing solidarity with social activist Anna Hazare’s agitation for a strong Lokpal Bill, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport Undertaking (BEST) employees union called for a bandh today.

According to reports, approximately 12,000 drivers and an equal number of conductors are staying off the streets today spelling immense inconvenience for Mumbaikars many of whom depend on BEST buses for their daily commute.

Ahead of the strike, authorities had advised the local commuters to plan their travel accordingly as the bus services would be affected with the BEST bandh.


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