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‘Opposition to Lokpal Bill a shame'

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Erode town witnesses demonstrations

Expressing solidarity: Members of Association of University Teachers staging a demonstration in Erode on Tuesday in support of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement. — PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
Expressing solidarity: Members of Association of University Teachers staging a demonstration in Erode on Tuesday in support of Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement. — PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

The Erode town witnessed demonstrations showing solidarity with social activist Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement for the eighth day on Tuesday. Teachers affiliated to the Association of University Teachers and members of left parties staged demonstrations in front of the aided colleges located in different parts of the district expressing their support for the social activist, who went on an indefinite fast at Ramlila grounds in New Delhi.

Teachers raised slogans urging the Central Government to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament without any delay. .

Annoyed with the reluctance shown by the Centre in passing the Bill, teachers said that the Government's version of the Bill would not help address the corruption faced by the common man.

Left parties

“The government is trying to bring in a toothless anti-corruption bill, which is totally unacceptable. It is a shame that the government opposes the Jan Lokpal Bill that seeks to end corruption in the country,” they charged.

Meanwhile, members of the Left parties staged a demonstration in Veerappan Chatram condemning the Congress-led Union government for causing unnecessary delays in accepting the Jan Lokpal Bill.

They wanted the immediate withdrawal of the Bill introduced by the United Progressive Alliance government in Parliament as it would not help fight the corruption menace effectively. Demanding for a strong anti-corruption bill, members urged the government to include the Prime Minister under it. They shouted anti-government slogans and expressed support for the anti-corruption campaigner.

In Ooty

In Udhagamandalam, people from all walks of life who participated in a fast organised under the banner ‘Nilgiris Against Corruption' at Coonoor on Tuesday came down heavily on graft at various levels.

Among those who participated were representatives of various organisations.

The district INTUC council has also given a call to the people to observe two minutes silence on August 26 at 11 a.m. in support of the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare.

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