Members of various trade and student bodies protest against corruption at Birsa Chowk in Ranchi on Friday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
It was over to pupil power on the fourth day of solidarity show for Anna Hazare in the state capital.
As scores of people continued to hit the streets on Friday demanding a stronger law to fight corruption, what caught the eye was over-a-kilometre-long human chain formed by 5,000 school students that snaked its way from Bariatu to Booty More.
The students of Classes VI to XII and BEd courses from RTC group of institutions also shouted anti-corruption slogans and urged the citizens to join the crusade
“Critics may be sceptical about the so-called civil society’s initiative headed by Annaji, but none can dismiss the issues. Many are of the opinion that just a Lokpal Bill will not be a solution to all the ills plaguing the nation, but one must give due credit to this Gandhian for rekindling faith in the saying ‘Yes we can’,” said R.N. Mahto, principal of RTC High School, Booty More.
However, not many students who participated in the rally could shed light on the intricacies of anti-corruption bill. However, “corruption” was a familiar word to them.
“Madhu Koda is corrupt. We need to remove people like him from every sphere of life,” said Suman Singh, a Class VI student.
His friend Vikrant took a dig at the education system. “These days, schools focus more on extra-curricular activities. As a result, private tuitions are becoming full-time courses,” he added.
Almost all business establishments from Main Road to Upper Bazer, Sainik Market, Bariatu etc remained shut till noon while advocates of civil court boycotted work.
Birsa Chowk was the hive of activity with women members of CPI’s students’ bodies taking out a flag march.The signature campaign organised by Anna Hazare Friends’ Club continued at Albert Ekka Chowk.
The number of people who signed for Hazare reached close to 26,000 on Friday.
“We will hold cultural programmes about corruption on Saturday after which our delegation will leave for New Delhi to submit the signature board to Team Anna and take part in the fast,” said Manoj Kumar, a member of Anna Hazare Friends’ Club.