NEW DELHI: The Congress general secretary, Mr Rahul Gandhi’s central office in his Amethi constituency was among the premises targeted Tuesday by social activist, Mr Anna Hazare’s supporters on the second day of protests outside homes of elected representatives in several parts of the country in response to the Gandhian’s call.
As Hazare’s fast at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi entered the eighth day, the protests in the form of fasts, sit-ins and demonstrations continued.
The support for Mr Hazare’s hunger strike scaled new heights when a 60-year-old man Rajendran launched a fast in Veloor village in Kottayam in Kerala sitting atop a coconut tree during daytime.
The Tamil film industry also backed Mr Hazare’s campaign for a strong Lokpal Bill with over 200 of its members observing a fast in Chennai. The protestors included directors Cheran and Chitra Lakshmanan, actress Rohini and several producers and backstage artistes.
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth lent his weight to Mr Hazare’s “peaceful” anti-graft movement, calling it a “bloodless revolution.” He extended his “whole-hearted support” to the campaign and said corruption was a dreaded disease that needed to be weeded out.
Reports from CSM Nagar in Uttar Pradesh said that about 800 activists led by social worker, Mr Hanuman Singh reached the central office of Mr Rahul Gandhi in Gauriganj (Amethi) and raised slogans asking the Congress MP to break his silence over the issue and also burnt an effigy.
According to a report from Farukhabad, several Hazare supporters staged a dharna in front of the Union Law Minister, Mr Salman Khursheed’s ancestral house in Kayamganj area. In Lucknow, there was a demonstration before the house of UPCC president, Ms Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
Mr Neeraj Shekhar, a Samajwadi Party MP and son of late prime minister Chandrashekhar faced protests in Ballia while his party colleague, Mr Bal Kumar Patel was targeted in Bahraich. Mr Hazare’s supporters staged a demonstration outside the residence of jailed Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi in Pune and chanted bhajans. Shops and business establishments downed their shutters in Guwahati to express solidarity with the Gandhian.