Anna Hazare supporters in Maharashtra on hunger strike

In his home state Maharashtra, there is growing support for social activist Anna Hazare who began his indefinite fast in Delhi on Tuesday, demanding implementation of Jan Lokpal Bill.

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 11:40 AM IST

Mumbai: In his home state Maharashtra, there
is growing support for social activist Anna Hazare who began
his indefinite fast in Delhi on Tuesday, demanding implementation
of Jan Lokpal Bill.

During `Gudi Padwa` celebrations in Hazare`s village
Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district, villagers displayed
their support by putting up black clothes in on their `gudis`
as a mark of protest against government.

Requests to Hazare by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan
and MPCC president Manikrao Thakre to defer the fast were of
no avail as the veteran Gandhian began his hunger strike at
Jantar Mantar.

Activists of the `India Against Corruption` movement
began a fast at Azad Maidan here, to support Hazare.

A rally of around 100 cars and bikes was organised
from Shivaji Park in central Mumbai to Azad Maidan this
morning, as a part of the protest.

"Several people have pledged their support via text
messages and e-mails. Others are fasting at their homes or
offices," Mayank Gandhi of NGO Jagrut Nagrik Manch said.

In the evening, activists will distribute pamphlets
near the CST station to make citizens aware of the issue of
corruption menace and the imperative need of the Lokpal Bill
with people`s participation," he said.

PTI