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Over one lakh netizens pledge to court arrest to back Anna Hazare

The online campaign of Anna Hazare’s ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ has received over a lakh registrations within three days of the launch, an India Against Corruption (IAC) volunteer said Monday.

The IAC, an umbrella organisation, launched the online campaign jailchalo.com Friday which allowed people to register themselves for courting arrest and supporting Hazare in his protest for a strong Lokpal.

“About 1.1 lakh people registered in 72 hours for upcoming ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’. We never expected such a response but now we are confident that in two more days we’ll have at least five lakh registrations from all over the country,” said Shivendra Singh Chauhan, an IAC volunteer.

“People from all over the country can register for voluntary imprisonment and show solidarity with the national campaign against corruption,” Chauhan said.

As soon as the online campaign was launched, Kiran Bedi tweeted: “Anna wants to know if you’re willing to go to jail. The 74-year-old activist is unleashing a civil disobedience movement and wants people to court arrest to protest against the government for introducing a Lokpal bill that he finds weak.”

Hazare will sit on a three-day fast from Dec 27 at MMRDA ground in Mumbai. He will start his ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ from Dec 30 that will continue till Jan 1.



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