The suitable place for Hazare to fight against corruption is Tamil Nadu.
The Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption agitation made its first impact on Wednesday [6-4-2011]as agriculture minister Sharad Pawar resigned from the group of ministers (GoM) on corruption after being held up as an example by Hazare of a “corrupt” minister who is a member of the government body considering measures to check graft.
Even as support for Hazare spread across the country with civil society holding sit-ins in several cities, Pawar made his dramatic announcement at a public function. Hazare had also taken a dig at Kapil Sibal, another member of the GoM on corruption, for seeking to downplay the 2G scam by claiming that it had caused “zero loss” to the exchequer. Hazare may not aware that Tamil Nadu CM Karunanithi already told that there is not at all any Scam in 2G spectrum.
Nearly 200 people joined Hazare in fasting at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday, and thousands of students, professionals and activists took out a candle-light procession at India Gate. The Congress’s insinuation that Hazare was protesting at the behest of the ruling party’s opponents appeared to have struck a raw chord with the protesters, leading to Hazare writing a sharply-worded letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Hazare asked the PM to take credible steps on corruption instead of suspecting the protesters of working at the instigation of others.
Apart from former cricket captain Kapil Dev, film icon Aamir Khan expressed solidarity with Hazare and wrote to the PM, asking him to heed the Gandhian’s views. Ordinary people like 60-year-old Geeta Gupta came from Dehradun to support Hazare. “We can’t sit idle. Anna has shown us the way,” she said. Praveen Sharma, a professor of neurosurgery from Mumbai, said, “This is the moment to treat the malaise of corruption.”
It is our request that Tamil Nadu Super Star Rajinikanth must also join hands with Hazare to wipeout corruption from public life. Anna Hazare might have chosen Chennai for his Fast against corruption, since crores of Rupees is at present flying as bribes for voters from the vested ruling party ministers in Tamil Nadu.
Let us all Indians join with Hazare’s fight against Corruption in India.