New Delhi: On the eve of the second
meeting of the joint Lokpal Bill drafting committee, social
activist Anna Hazare`s supporters held a rally here on Sunday
demanding early implementation of a strong Ombudsmen
Scores of people marched from Jantar Mantar, where
Hazare had observed his hunger strike on the Lokpal Bill
issue, to India Gate.
"We`ve had enough of dilly-dallying. When one
controversy gets over, another one begins. These are tactics
by people with vested interests to prevent the implementation
of a strong bill," said 19-year-old Amita Peter, a student of
Placards carrying anti-corruption slogans, people
wearing bandanas pledging support to the cause, flyers urging
people to join the "mass movement"-the rally was reminiscent
of Hazare`s protest that caught the imagination of the entire
nation a few weeks back, though on a smaller scale.
"This rally is much smaller than the protest Annaji
held. We are holding this just to remind people that the cause
is still not lost. Out fight against corruption is still on.
Civil society is still backing the proposed law," said
24-year-old Banjot Kaur, a journalist.
The Joint Drafting Committee, comprising five Union
ministers and as many representatives of civil society, will
hold its second meeting tomorrow to discuss the latest version
of the Jan Lokpal Bill prepared by Hazare`s team.