GUWAHATI, Aug 23 � The war against corruption continued today with the capital city witnessing closure of business establishments, protest procession and impromptu demonstrations which conveyed the message that the fight against corruption has become the watchword of every citizen.
In a show of solidarity with the crusade of Anna Hazare, shops and other business establishments remained closed from 5 am to 1 pm in response to the call given by the All Guwahati Traders� Association which again staged a sit-in demonstration from 10 am to 12 pm at the Lakhidhar Bora Khetra demanding of the government to act speedily on the wish of every Indian, i.e., a strong anti-graft legislation.
The association has extended its gratitude to the people of Guwahati for supporting its programme. It needs to be mentioned here that 110 bazar committees extended their support to the association and representatives of these committees assembled at the venue coming in a procession.
All roads seemed to lead to Lakhidhar Bora Khetra here where India Against Corruption, Assam branch has been voicing protest against corruption. Significantly, this protest venue has emerged as a platform to discuss the various ills of the system with protesters exchanging their views on the issue.
A cross-section of the population thronged the protest ground today and the presence of young people was noticeable, too.
Public Activist Prof Deven Dutta, who was amongst the protesters, said that eradicating corruption from society and the system would be a long struggle. �It is really very good that people have realized the need to eliminate corruption. In their heart of hearts, the people are feeling the urgency to weed out corruption,� said Dutta.
He slammed the Lokpal Bill drafted by the government as a fraud and reiterated that only the Jan Lokpal Bill can check the rampant corruption.
The Assam College Teachers� Association also extending its support to this war.
The Left parties in the State � CPI, CPI (M), CPI (ML), Forward Bloc, RSP � and Janata Dal (S) demonstrated against the government and took out a protest procession in the city.