New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi`s central office in
his Amethi constituency was among the premises targeted on Tuesday by Anna Hazare`s supporters on the second day of protests
outside homes of elected representatives in several parts of
the country in response to the Gandhian`s call.
As Hazare`s fast in Ramlila Maidan in Delhi entered the
eighth day, the protests in the forms of fasts, sit-ins and
The support for Hazare`s hunger strike scaled new
heights when a 60-year-old man Rajendran launched a fast in
Veloor village in Kottayam in Kerala sitting atop a coconut
tree during daytime.
The Tamil film industry also backed Hazare`s campaign
for a strong Lokpal bill with over 200 of its members
observing a fast in Chennai. The protesters included Directors
Cheran and Chitra Lakshmanan, actress Rohini and several
producers and backstage artistes.
Tamil superstar Rajinikanth lent his weight to Hazare`s
"peaceful" anti-graft movement, calling it a "bloodless
revolution". He extended his "whole-hearted support" to the
campaign and said corruption was a dreaded disease that needed
to be weeded out.
Reports from CSM Nagar in Uttar Pradesh said that about
800 activists led by social worker Hanuman Singh reached the
central office of Rahul Gandhi in Gauriganj (Amethi) and
raised slogans asking the Congress MP to break his silence
over the issue and also burnt an effigy.
According to a report from Farukhabad, several Hazare
supporters staged a dharna in front of Union Law Minister
Salman`s Khursheed`s ancestral house in Kayamganj area.
In Lucknow, there was a demonstration before the house
of UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi.
Neeraj Shekhar, SP MP and son of late Prime Minister
Chandrashekhar faced protests in Ballia while his party
colleague Bal Kumar Patel was targeted in Bahraich.
Hazare`s supporters staged a demonstration outside the
residence of jailed Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi in Pune and
Shops and business establishments downed their shutters
in Guwahati to express solidarity with Hazare.
People came out in large numbers to express their
support for Hazare and shouted slogans like `Hum Anna ke Saath
Hai` (We are with Anna) and `End Corruption, Bring Jan Lokpal`
The business community also took out a procession in
Fancy Bazaar area of the city to protest government`s "apathy"
on the Jana Lokpal issue.
Activists of Bihar unit of `India Against Corruption`
(IAC) held demonstrations, observed fast and silence at
different places in the state.
A dawn-to-dusk bandh was observed in Bolangir town in
Orissa. Rallies were held in several cities including Cuttack,
Berhampur, Sambalpur, Rourkela and Balasore.
In J & K, there was a protest demonstration before the
house of Congress MP for Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha seat Madan Lal
Sharma in Muthi area of Jammu city.