Activists stage dharnas, rallies, rasta rokos, expressing support to Anna Hazare's fast
Expressing solidarity with the fasting social activist Anna Hazare, the TDP and CPI (M) workers took out a rally, demanding a stronger Lokpal bill, in Hanamkonda on Tuesday.
The rally was taken out from Public Gardens to Hanamkonda Chowrasta, where it culminated into a public meeting. TDP leaders Kadiam Srihari, Vem Narender Reddy, Revuri Prakash Reddy and CPI leader T Srinivasa Rao and CPI (M) leader M Nagaiah and others were present.
Addressing the gathering the TDP Politburo member Mr. Kadiam Srihari lashed out at the State and Central governments and alleged that corruption had reached an all-time high under the Congress regime.
Both the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi failed to curb the menace of corruption in the county. “They even failed to control their Cabinet colleagues” he said.
The CPI district secretary Mr. Srinivasa Rao demanded the Union government to take steps to being back the black money deposited in the Swiss Banks and use the same for the public welfare. He suggested that the government must initiate dialogue with the leaders of all political parties and the members' civil society, in order give shape to a strong Lokpal bill.
TDP leaders S Samma Rao, Anishetty Murali, CPI Urban unit secretary Ravi and leader Karunakar and others were present.
Mahabubnagar Correspondent adds: Activists of TDP, CPI and CPI(M) staged a rasta roko at Ambedkar cross roads near Collectorate. Former TDP minister P. Chandra Shekar, CPI district Secretary E. Narasimha and CPI (M) district secretary Kille Gopal led the protest demonstration. They also organised dharna for some time. Earlier the activists took out protest rallies from their offices, after covering thorough fares in the town they assembled at Ambedkar cross roads.
The leaders demanded the government to introduce Lok pal bill in the parliament immediately after including the prime minister in it. They alleged that some union ministers and leaders for their self interests trying to avoid the prime minister into Lokpal bill.
Dharna in Nalgonda
Nalgonda Correspondent adds: Leaders of the Nalgonda district units of TDP, CPI (M) and CPI demanded a strong Lokpal bill to check corruption and called upon the Centre to take strong action against the persons involved in the scams which were unearthed recently.
V. Swamy Goud, TDP president, N. Narasimha Reddy and M. Adi Reddy, secretaries of the CPI (M) and CPI respectively, were addressed the activists of the three parties who were participating in a day-long dharna at Clock Tower against corruption.
While expressing their support to social activist Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement, the leaders said the dharna was being organised in response to a call given by the Third Front to focus attention on rising instances of corruption and in support of several demands.
The demands include bringing back into the country of Rs.73 lakh crore of black money deposited abroad and spending the amount for the welfare of people, introduction of a strong Lokpal bill and including the Prime Minister under its purview.
Among the leaders who took part in the dharna were Srinivas Goud, Madhusudhan, Bhoopal Reddy (all TDP), Anantarama Sharma (CPI-M), B. Narayan Reddy, Bimarjun Reddy (CPI).
Protest in Nizamabad
Nizamabad Staff Reporter adds: The TDP and the Left party leaders staged a dharna near the Collectorate expressing support to social activist Anna Hazare.
The MLCs V.G. Goud (also the TDP district president) and Arkala Narsa Reddy, the CPI district secretary Bhoomaiah, the CPI(M) district secretary Peddi Venkatramulu, party leaders Sabbani Latha, Noorjahan, Dandi Venkat and Vijayalakshmi participated in the dharna.
The MLCs demanded that the Prime Minister be brought under the purview of the Jan Lokpal Bill and the said Bill be tabled in the Parliament immediately. They expressed their deep anguish over its indifferent attitude towards the fast unto death agitation by Mr. Hazare on the demand for Jan Lokpal Bill.
Strong Lokpal bill
Adilabad Staff Reporter adds: Adilabad MP Ramesh Rathod, Boath MLA G. Nagesh and Telugu Desam Party district president Gone Hanmanth Rao and Communist Party of India (Marxist) district secretary Bandi Dattatri were among the leaders and activists from nine parties who participated in the day-long hungr strike at Vinayak chowk.
The leaders rooted for a strong Lokpal Bill in the Parliament to curb corruption. They quoted the several scams which had recently seen the light of the day as an example of corruption under the Congress.
Different organisations and associations like the Telangana Non Gazetted Officers Union expressed solidarity with the agitating leaders. School children also called on the fasting leaders.