Agitations and strikes

New Delhi, Aug 23: Even as the entire country is embroiled in hot debate on the crusade of Gandhian Anna Hazare against the all-pervading corruption in the country, a Delhi model has threatened to go naked if the Jan Lok Pal bill as demanded by Anna Hazare was not introduced in the Parliament.

The model Salina Wali Khan says her threat was for a public cause and not for publicity. Salina is an actor and is presently sitting on strike at the Ramlila Grounds along with Anna Hazare.
The model said:  “Today everyone is with Anna Hazare because of his honesty and so am I. Today you face corruption at every government office. You will have to pay the babus (employees) for every little work to be done. Every one is affected by corruption.” She added that she took part in the protest at the Ramlila Grounds on the very first day of Anna’s protest.
Speaking to a popular newspaper, Salina stated how she had to pay Rs 500 to a government official for getting her ration card. Adding that this was one of the instances where she was forced to bribe, she said that she was a victim of corruption many other times as well. She said, “Today a person can get a passport on fake documents by bribing the government official. But the person who is in need and is genuine is running form pillar to post. You can’t get your work done without paying a bribe.”


Hyderabad, Aug. 17 (NSS): The arrest and judicial custody of the renowned social reformer and crusader against corruption Anna Hazare evoked widespread protests all over the State for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. Leaders and workers of Opposition parties, students, activists, NGOs and people from different walks of life took to the road to express solidarity with Mr Hazare, who has refused to leave the Tihar jail till his demands are met.

            In the State capital, the former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party president, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, staged a dharna at Mahatma Gandhi statue on MG Road in James Street, Secunderabad in support of the anti-corruption crusader. However, the police took him into custody and shifted him to the Mahankali Police Station where he was released later on personal security.

Addressing the gathering at the Gandhi statue, Mr Naidu charged the Congress-led UPA government with scornfully trampling upon the democratic rights of the people of the country. He called upon the students and youth to plunge into the agitation against corruption and help cleanse the nation. The former chief minister also declared that he was even prepared to go to jail for a strong and effective Lokpal Bill. “Why the government was afraid of including the Prime Minister and the judiciary under the purview of Lokpal Bill? Lodging Mr Anna Hazare in the cell where former tainted Union minister Ashok Kalmadi was kept is a great insult to the people of the world’s largest democracy”, he added.

Making it clear that there was no question of calling off his agitation till the Union government incorporated Prime Minister in Jan Lokpal Bill and introduced in Parliament, the TDP supremo pointed out that several nations were dealing the corrupt with iron hand. He also pointed out that the former chief minister of Karnataka, Mr B S Yeddyurappa, had to step down from office and go home following strictures passed by the Lok Ayukta of that State recently.

Meanwhile, relay fasts, dharnas, rasta rooks, human chains and rallies were organized across the state demanding that the Centre allow Mr Hazare to fast without any conditions. Carrying national flags and holding placards, the protesters marched on the streets, raising anti-government slogans. Activists of the Hyderabad chapter of India Against Corruption, which expressed solidarity with Mr Anna Hazare, continued their fast for the second day at Indira Park.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) staged protest demonstrations in several places. Advocates in the Nampally criminal court boycotted work and staged a protest. Lawyers also struck work in Karimnagar and Mahabubnagar districts.

In Nellore, TDP took out a motorcycle rally. At Sri Venkateshwara University in Tirupati, a large number of students staged a dharna. “The government was treating Anna Hazare like a terrorist,” said one of the students sitting at the university entrance with a huge national flag in his hands. Students and citizens from different walks of life took out a rally in Anantapur district.

Students also formed a human chain in Warangal district where the Communist Party of India took out rallies. The protesters set afire an effigy of the government. At few places, the protesters resorted to road and rail blockade. In Kurnool district, they stopped Mumbai-Chennai Express for an hour. (NSS)


Hyderabad, Aug. 17 (NSS): The State CPI secretary, Dr K Narayana, on Wednesday demanded that the UPA government first tender apologies to the social activist, Mr Anna Hazare, and the nation before releasing the latter from the jail.

Dr Narayana, along with the party activists, held a dharna at Himayat Nagar in protest against the arrest of Anna Hazare.

Speaking to the media, Dr Narayana opined that the Centre has committed a faux pass by arresting Mr Anna Hazare, who planned to go on hunger strike demanding introduction of Jan Lokpal Bill. Fearing agitations by civil society across the country, the government has announced release of the Gandhian from Tihar Jail. He also questioned the necessity of the arrest of the social activists, who were agitating peacefully. First of all, the Centre should apologize to Mr Hazare before releasing him form the jail, he added.

Lashing out at the UPA government for attesting and sending Mr Hazare to jail, the CPI leader felt that those who should be in jail were leading luxurious life outside and those who did not commit any
mistake were being sent to jails by the government.

On the YSR Congress Party president, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, approaching the Supreme Court over CBI inquiry into his assets and business ventures, the CPI leader reminded that the latter had earlier challenged to face any inquiry into his properties. He also questioned why Mr Jagan was afraid of CBI inquiry into his assets and filed a petition in the Apex court if he did not commit any mistake. That mean Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy indirectly admitted his mistakes. If Mr Jagan feels that he had not committed any mistake, he should cooperate with the High Court in the case. (NSS)


NEW DELHI Veteran social activist Anna Hazare was detained by police at his home on Tuesday to prevent him from defying authorities with a fast to the death to force tougher laws against corruption, media reported.

Police denied the septuagenarian permission on Monday to fast near a cricket stadium because he had failed to meet certain conditions, including ending his fast in three days and ensuring not more than 5,000 people took part.

"Police have detained us," Arvind Kejriwal, an aide to Hazare, told NDTV broadcaster before being taken away by plainclothes police in a white car.

Local media said police took Hazare into custody to prevent a breakdown in law and order in the capital as thousands of followers were due to take part in the fast.

Hazare has become a serious challenge for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government, challenging it over its failure to tackle corruption in Asia's third largest economy.

Hyderabad, Aug. 9 (NSS): Opining that remaining mum while watching the corrupt practices as also a crime, the State CPI secretary Dr K Narayana has said that the Left Parties were trying to take up the ‘Quit Corruption’ movement across the nation.

Mr Narayana has started a 24-hours ‘Deeksha’ against  ‘Corruption’ here on Tuesday on the occasion of Quit India Day. Speaking on this occasion Mr Narayana said that the CPI  leades Mr Gurudas Das Gupta, Mr Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy had addressed a letter to the Prime Minister Mr Manmohan Singh in 2008  on the  2G-Spectrum Scam,  but the latter didn’t care about the letter and said that it was morally wrong on the  part of the Prime Minister. He said that the Left Parties have moral right to fight against the corrupt practices becuse they remained clean till date from the day the nation got freedom.

Allahabad High Court former Chief Justice Ambati Laxma Rao has formally launched the CPI Deeksha. The TDP suspended leaders Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy, Mr K Harishwar Reddy, CPI (ML) New Democracy leader Mr Goverdhan, HMTV CEO Mr K Ramachandra Murthy, Telangana Political JAC Co-Chairman Mr Mallepally Laxmaiah, Andhra Jyothy editor Mr K Srinivas, Doctors of Telangana Convenor Mr Bura Narsaiah Goud, Andhra Intellectuals Forum president Mr Ch Srinivas and others visited the Deeksha camp  and extended their support to Dr Narayana.

The Deeksha will end at 11 AM on Wednesday. (NSS)


Hyderabad, Aug. 9 (NSS): Telangana Auto Drivers Joint Action Committee, on Tuesday, observed ‘Quit India’ historic day as ‘Quit Corruption’ day and declared support to Mr Anna Hazare’s fast from August 16.

The Telangana Auto Drivers JAC also staged a protest dharna at RTA office, West Zone, Mehdipatnam against growing corruption in the government offices.

Speaking on this occasion, the JAC convenor Mr Amanullah Khan alleged that corruption in the RTA office, West Zone, was on the increase day by day. He said although the drivers and owners were advised to approach directly to the RTA offices, he said that it was a matter of regret and shame that the RTA staff do no spare even the military people who live and die for the country from their corrupt practices when they approach the offices for issuance of civillian driving licenses and other transactions. He said that there was every need to fight against the growing corruption in the country wherever it was and in whichever form. Whether it was in the high places or in the government administration, so that the hard earned money of the poor does not go into the packets of corrupt politicians or corrupt government servents, he added.

The leaders also burnt effigy of the corruption on the occasion. They also gave slogans like, ‘RTA waalo rishwat ka bazar bandh karo’, ‘Anna Hazare zindabad’, ‘Anna Hazare sangharsh karo-hum thumhare saat hain’.

JAC leaders Mr J Ravinder, Mr Hameed Ansari, Mr SKB Zama, Mr G Ramesh, Mr Mohd. Dastagir and Mr Thakur Jai Singh also spoke. (NSS)

Hyderabad, Aug.8 (NSS): The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday took a serious exception to the protagonists of Telangana State calling for bandhs again and again causing severe hardships to the general public frequently.

            Acting on a Public Interest Litigation petition filed by an advocate, Mr Krishnaiah, the High Court ordered issue of notices to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi president, Mr K Chandrasekhara Rao, and the Telangana Political JAC convener, Prof. Kodandaram. The court also issued notices to the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Director General of Police in this regard.

The court has directed Mr Chandrasekhara Rao, Prof. Kodandaram and the government officials to give explanations within two weeks.

In his PIL petition, Mr Krishnaiah contended that calls for bandhs should not be given over a trivial issue like deletion of 14(F) clause from the Presidential Order of 1975. (NSS)