Bangalore: Support on Thursday continued to pour in
for Anna Hazare in Karnataka as ruling BJP and students staged
dharnas and protests to express their solidarity with the
Students skipped their classes to come onto the streets to
register their protest.
Rains also did not dampen the spirit of protesters who
continued to throng the Freedom Park, where the dharna was on
for the third day, with veteran Gandhian H S Doreswamy and
former Supreme Court Judge Santosh N Hegde on the stage to
inspire the crowd.
BJP held a protest near Mahatma Gandhi statue on M G Road
but former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa who had said he
would participate in it, was conspicuous by his absence.
A few ministers, including Umesh Katti, Basavaraj Bommai,
Murugesh Nirani and M P Renukacharya and MLAs were present
along with party workers.
At Freedom Park, where the protest is largely spearheaded
by "India Against Corruption" outfit, there was a surprise
visitor in Kannada actor Shivaraj Kumar, who threw his weight
"These protests should not be limited to cities. It should
spread out to villages, creating awareness among the people.
We need a strong and effective Lokpal," he said.
Protests continued to be staged in parts of the state in