GUWAHATI, Aug 26 � Friday belonged to the young generation who came out to the streets responding to the call of India Against Corruption, Assam branch, because they had all been inspired by the strong will power and earnestness of the Gandhian Anna Hazare.
The protest procession of India Against Corruption, Assam branch, that started from Lakhidhar Bora Khetra here saw the participation of thousands of people from different walks of life and young India was visibly present. Students from different educational institutions took part in the procession affirming their support for Anna Hazare�s crusade against corruption.
�We want an end to corruption. It is really very irritating that the government is ignoring the sentiment of millions of Indian for a Jan Lokpal Bill,� said Snigdha Gogoi, a student of Handique Girls� College.
The feeling was the same in all the young people, who did not mind the scorching sun and walked with firm steps shouting slogans. They have felt the need for a strong anti-graft legislation and they wholeheartedly believe that the method adopted by Anna Hazare is the right approach to get the grievances of the people heard by the government.
The general secretary of India Against Corruption, Assam branch, Pranjal Bordoloi, said that thousands of citizens responded to its call to come out to the streets and that clearly signalled that a strong determination was running in the hearts of the people to free the country from corruption.
Meanwhile, impromptu demonstrations continued to rock the capital city. A group of protesters under the banner of Medical Diagnostic Association, Assam, took to the streets in the evening. Halting for a few moments at the Lakhidhar Bora Khetra, this group announced that they have no affiliation for any political or religious party, but was committed to a Gandhian who has successfully united an entire country against corruption.
India Against Corruption also organized a torchlight procession today.
On the other hand, the Lawyers� Association, Guwahati, staged a sit-in-demonstration in support of Anna Hazare and the Jan Lokpal Bill. The association has urged the UPA government and Team Anna to initiate a constructive dialogue for passing a strong and effective Lokpal Bill and to find an amicable and meaningful solution on the issue before August 30.
Artist Madhusudan Das expressed his support for the crusade against corruption through a drawing that highlighted the spirit of Team Anna.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has appealed to freedom fighter Satyalata Gogoi of Doomdooma to break her fast. Gogoi said that the State government has initiated a slew of measures to check corruption and added that the people too should come forward and support the government to eradicate corruption.
The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has appealed to all the citizens to be a part of its Satyagraha scheduled on August 27 from Latasil field.