GUWAHATI, April 8 � The indefinite fast observed by Gandhian social activist Anna Hazare in support of the Lok-pal Bill to curb corruption in public life has been drawing support from the people of the State in an encouraging manner.
Significantly, a group of citizens organized a candle-lit rally, which they named - 'the candle-lit vigil' � at Shanti Udyan, on the southern bank of the Dighalipukhuri, at 6 pm today, in support of the Gandhian leader's crusade against corruption through an SMS campaign. Hundreds of people spontaneously took part in the rally. Later, the participants of the rally took out a procession around the Dighalipukhuri shouting slogans in support of Hazare and his crusade.
Some people have also launched another campaign through social networking sites on the internet, to mobilize public support towards the Gandhian leader's stand against corruption.
Some citizens, in a memorandum to the Prime Minister, have asked for stringent measures to tackle corruption and those indulging in corruption in line with the Jana Lokpal Bill upheld by Hazare. On the top of these, some other organisations, including the Save Guwahati Build Guwahati (SGBG), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and the Greater Guwahati Citizens' Coordination Committee have come out with agitational programmes from today.
The city-based Gandhian Sarvodaya workers today expressed their solidarity at a meeting held at the Gandhighar, Sarania Kasturba Ashram. They also decided to take recourse to a day-long fast tomorrow on the campus of the Kasturba Ashram and to join the crusade against corruption in a stronger manner in the days to come.
The nascent People's Campaign for Good Governance, Assam (PCGGA) has also proposed a day-long fast in support of Hazare and his campaign from 6 am tomorrow at Shanti Udyan, Dighalipukhuri par. The members of the Marwari Yuva Manch, Guwahati, will observe an eight-hour-long fast at the Fancy Bazar Mahabir Udyan from 9 am tomorrow.
The members of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) will also observe mouna brata-silent sit-in demonstration-at the public places of the district headquarters all over the State between 9 am and 3 pm tomorrow expressing solidarity with Hazare.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Council member Sarbananda Sonowal made a strong plea for enactment of the Lokpal Bill. He told this newspaper that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had assured a piece of legislation to curb corruption. But unfortunately, during his second term in office, rampant corruption has assumed menacing proportion in the public life of the country.
This has seriously affected the developmental process of the regions like the NE part of the country and therefore, the people of the region should strongly back the agitation launched by Hazare so as to compel the Union Government to go for the Act, said the BJP leader.
In their memorandum to the Prime Minister, Harekrishna Deka, Paresh Malakar, Bina Sarma, Kalpana Bora, Mrinal Gohain, Swapan Singh, Manisha Behal, Sreekala MG, Anuradha Dutta, Dudulmoni Sarma, Simanta Sarma, Dwijendra Saharia, Nurul Hassan, Bornali Bora, Col PC Choudhury, Benudhar Barua, Walter Fernandes, Sujata Hatibaruah, Subrata Chakraborty, Jonki Pegu and Sabita Lahkar argued that the Lokpal Bill should not be dismissed as unworkable without consulting the civil society, as, the civil society has a stake in the Bill.