Agitations in support of social activist Anna Hazare, who has launched a fast seeking an effective Lokpal Bill, were held across the district on Tuesday.
Addressing a protest meet organised by Janata Dal (Secular) on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner's office in the city, district unit president of the party M. Srikanth expressed displeasure over the way the Union Government handled the issue. The adamant stand adopted by the United Progressive Alliance Government over the issue was unfair, he alleged.
The suggestions from Team Anna to strengthen the Lokpal Bill need to be considered. The proposed Lokpal Bill should become a strong weapon against corruption, he said. He accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to take mileage from the ongoing campaign against corruption.
BJP leaders who remained tight lipped on the indulgence of the leaders of their party in illegal mining in the State, are taking to streets now expressing support for Anna Hazare. Leaders of the BJP have lost the moral right to support Anna Hazare due to this, he said. Former MLC G. Madappa, member of the zilla panchayat Krishne Gowda, party leaders P.R. Srinivas, Pavithra Ramaiah, and others took part in the protest.
Meanwhile, members of Shimoga Taluk Video and Photographers Association also took out a procession in the streets of the city expressing solidarity with Anna Hazare.
Taluk Auto Rickshaw Drivers Association and activists of the BJP staged similar protests in Sagar and Sorab.