Ministers, MPs face Anna supporters` ire

Ministers and MPs faced the heat of Anna Hazare`s agitation on day seven as supporters staged sit-ins and impromptu protests outside residences of lawmakers demanding their support for Jan Lokpal Bill.

Last Updated: Aug 22, 2011, 23:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Ministers and MPs faced the heat
of Anna Hazare`s agitation on day seven as supporters staged
sit-ins and impromptu protests outside residences of lawmakers
in many parts of the country on Monday demanding their support for
Jan Lokpal Bill following a call by the Gandhian.

Protests were held outside the residences of Union Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Urban
Development Minister Kamal Nath, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and several MPs
in the capital.

In Ranchi, Hazare supporters staged a sit-in near the
house of Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were clamped in
Chandigarh banning assembly of five or more person outside the
houses of VIPs till August 25 after a protest took place at
the residence of Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan
Kumar Bansal in Sector 28.
Congress MP Priya Dutt, who stepped out of her home in
suburban Bandra to meet protesters, said, "the Prime Minister
and judiciary must come under Lokpal", supporting a key demand
of Team Anna.

Sanjay Nirupam, MP from North Mumbai who donned an Anna
Hazare-like cap, faced protesters in suburban Vile Parle. He
said that he supported Hazare`s cause and favoured a strong
Lokpal Bill.

When protesters went to the house of South Mumbai MP and
Minister of State Milind Deora, he was not there. They
submitted a memorandum to an aide of his.

In Uttar Pradesh, the demonstrations coinciding with
`Janmashtmi` saw children dressed as "Krishna" joining the
dharnas before the houses of many Members of Parliament.
A social organisation, Marvari Yuva Manch, started a
signature campaign in support of the movement in Lucknow on a
101-foot wide banner.

Protesters, including members of India Against Corruption,
sat on dharna at the house of Samajwadi Party MP from
Chandauli Ram Kisun Yadav and shouted slogans.

In Lakhimpur activists, squatted in front of Congress
MP Zafar Ali Naqvi`s residence.

Hazare`s associate Arvind Kejriwal said protesters, who
were merely offering flowers to the MPs, were also detained in
some cases as he criticised the treatment meted out to them.

"Can`t people go and meet the prime minister and
ministers? Why are they being detained? They are going to talk
to them, they are not going to kill them. Can`t we talk to our
MPs?" asked Kejriwal.

In Mumbai, Congress MPs Priya Dutt and Sanjay Nirupam
faced the ire of the protesters.

Dutt met the protesters and lauded them for taking up
the fight against corruption. "I am with the people on the
demand for a strong Lokpal and will convey the people`s
sentiments in Parliament," she said.

When protesters went to the house of South Mumbai MP
Milind Deora, now a Union minister of State, he was not there.
The protesters submitted a memorandum to his aide.

In Uttar Pradesh, there were protests outside the houses
of Ghaziabad MP and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh, Samajwadi
Party MP from Chandauli Ram Kisun Yadav and Congress MP Zafar
Ali Naqvi in Lakhimpur.

In Chandigarh, protesters representing Team Anna staged
dharna near the residences of Union Parliamentary Minister
Pawan Bansal and Congress MP from Bhiwani Shruti Chaudhary.

PTI