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Leaders of various political parties taking out a rally in Guntur on Tuesday in support of fasting anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare. — Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar
Leaders of various political parties taking out a rally in Guntur on Tuesday in support of fasting anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare. — Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Leaders of opposition parties put up a collective show of strength by taking out a rally in support of Anna Hazare here on Tuesday, whose indefinite fast in New Delhi for Jan Lokpal Bill entered the eighth day.

A number of students from college campuses were roped in, adding a youthful vigour to the rally.

College buses parked near Lodge Centre picked up the students as soon as the rally culminated at Dr. B.R Ambedkar's statue. Colourful flags of yellow and red dotted the roads, as students raised slogans in favour of Mr. Anna Hazare.

The Telugu Desam was represented by district party leader and MLA of Chilakaluripet Prathipati Pulla Rao and former MLA Sk. Ziauddin. District party leaders of the CPI Muppalla Nageswara Rao and the CPI(M) D. Ramadevi were also present.

The leaders, marching along the main road, demanded that the Centre immediately concede the demands of Mr. Hazare and table the revised bill in Parliament.

Mr. Rao lashed out at the corrupt policies of the Central Government and called for urgent action by the Prime Minister to tackle corruption. Ms. Rama Devi said the tainted UPA government had no moral right to continue in office.

Earlier, the police foiled an indefinite fast undertaken by Lok Satta district president Oruganti Narayana Reddy and shifted him to Government General Hospital.

Mr. Reddy had been on a fast in solidarity with Mr. Hazare for the last three days. A police team came to the tent at 5 a.m. and moved Mr. Reddy to the hospital where he was put on drip.

Lok Satta city convener Aravind led a rally condemning the action of the police. Students formed a human chain at Brindavan Gardens.

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