Odisha too joins Hazare crusade

Bhubaneswar: With support pouring in for social activist Anna Hazare who is on an indefinite fast since last four days demanding a comprehensive Lokpal Bill, Odisha too joined the anti-corruption campaign.

Odisha Jana Sammelani, a civil society group in the state, convened a meeting on Thursday and expressed solidarity with Anna Hazare — the acclaimed socialist who is fasting till death to frame the draft of a historic Jan Lokpal Bill bill.

A candle march was organized here at Master Canteen square, showing support to Hazare’s demand to bring in Jan Lokpal Bill which aims to end corruption by making people in power accountable. The march was joined by many journalists, social activists, academicians, Ollywood actors and people from different walks of life.

“Anna Hazare is on hunger strike since last four days at such an old age. We have gathered here to extend moral support to him. I personally support the Jan Lokpal Bill and 120 crore people too support the Bill,” Ollywood actor Akash said.

“The government should accept the Jan Lokpal Bill which could not be passed in the last 45-50 years,” veteran journalist Rabi Das said.

In Berhampur, intellectuals and citizen’s forum staged a symbolic rally near Mahatma Gandhi statue. Besides, rallies in support of Anna at Jeypore, Sambalpur, Balasore and other parts of the state also gained momentum. 

Today, many Bollywood bigwigs—Anupam Kher, Farah Khan, Tom Alter, music director Vishal, Pritish Nandy also reached Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to express solidarity with Anna Hazare. This apart, yoga guru Baba Ramdev also turned up at the venue.

The veteran social activist’s fast-unto-death against corruption has found many supportive voices including superstars Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Amitabh Bachchan.

"I shall always be supportive of any issue which benefits the nation. I do not have to preach and shout out my allegiance towards my country from the roof top every day. My loyalty is not up for questioning and is not most certainly in a realm where it can be doubted," Bachchan wrote on a micro blogging site.