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Dharna in Anna’s support

Ranchi-based supporters of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare staged a peaceful dharna near Raj Bhavan on Tuesday to express solidarity with their leader, who has launched an indefinite hunger strike to press the government into passing Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament’s winter session.

The supporters, who gathered under Jantantra Morcha, also conducted a signature campaign to garner support for their fight against corruption.

The dharna started with barely 20 people but gradually, commoners, especially rickshaw-pullers and auto drivers, dropped in to extend moral support to Anna Hazare, who is fasting in his village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra.

“I have enlisted my name as an Anna supporter. Though I cannot join the dharna as I have to work and earn my livelihood, I am with Anna and Jantantra Morcha,” said Ravi Kumar, an auto operator.

Members of the Morcha threatened more agitations. “If the UPA government does not pass Jan Lokpal Bill during winter session, we will organise another protest in Ranchi ,” said Manoj Kumar, coordinator of the outfit in Jharkhand.

Members of Annavaadi Insaf Party also staged a dharna at Albert Ekka Chowk to lend support to Hazare.


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