Arrest of anti-corruption activist potent of toppling Congress government

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 09:40 GMT]
People in several cities across India went to streets on Tuesday protesting the arrest of Anna Hazare (Kissan Baburao Hazare), social activist from Maharashtra leading anti-corruption struggle in India. Like the struggle of Jayaprakash Narain bringing down the Congress regime in 1977, Hazare’s struggle and the way the Indian establishment handles it have the potentiality of bringing down Sonia’s Congress Party in the next polls, media circles in India said. 74-year-old Hazare was arrested Tuesday to pre-empt the hunger strike he was planning in New Delhi against large-scale corruption at the national level. The public unrest triggered off may take the focus away from the parliamentary discussion on genocidal corruption of Congress regime in Sri Lanka, scheduled to Tuesday, media sources further said.

Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare
In April this year, Hazare’s fasting made the Congress regime to come to a compromise, to form a committee having equal representatives from the government and civil society activists to deal with corruption.

But the two sides failed to agree and came out with two different drafts for a parliamentary bill. Hazare’s current move is to pass the bill prepared by civil society activists.


External Links:
Reuters: COLUMN - Anna Hazare movement poses challenge
Indianexpress: Anna Hazare arrested, India erupts in protests
IBNLive: India erupts in protest following Anna's arrest

 

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