August 26th, 2011
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Anna wave sweeps Chennai

candle light vigil at chennaiChennai: The 11th day of the anti-corruption movement saw several events organised across the city, which culminated in a few hundred people carrying out a candlelight vigil at the fast venue on L.B. Road.

While a rally between Broadway and the Collector’s office was conducted by 70 members from a George Town-based association on Thursday morning, opposite the post office in Vadapalani, Akshaya, an NGO, set up its own fast venue. ‘We believe there should be a movement in each and every location,’ said Karnan, coordinator. ‘Five people are on indefinite fast while 19 people are on relay fast at this venue,’ he added.

A joint press meet was organized by the India Against Corruption-Chennai with Exnora International. A total of 800 branches of Exnora along with 600 resident welfare associations,baring certain associations like the Puzhithivakkam based Social Service Trust, pledged their support to the cause. ‘Our idea is to make Chennai corruption-free with regard to local governance,’ said M. B. Nirmal, founder, Exnora International. “All federation members will put a sticker outside their house to pledge that they will never give or take a bribe,” he added.

A helpline 24758383 has been set up to make a complaint against bribery , he said. At the L.B. Road venue, 18 persons continued their indefinite fast while close to 45 persons took part in the relay fast. ‘One of them is showing signs of jaundice and has been asked to break his fast but he wants to continue,’ said A.Abhishek, an IACC volunteer. Registration for the relay fast closed early on Thursday to curb the trend of people walking in to fast after lunchtime. ‘Those who want to take part in the relay fast must register before 10 a.m.,’ said Pradeep, a volunteer.


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