Now Quit India Movement freedom fighters join Anna Hazare

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Chennai, Aug 5: It sure seems like supporters want the movement started by veteran freedom fighter Anna Hazare to be a success after freedom fighters from the Quit India Movement have also pledged him support in his fight against corruption.

Venkita Kalyanam, personal secretary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lakshmikanthan Bharathi, a freedom fighter in the 1942 Quit India Movement, are the one's to join Anna's bandwagon

The fighters would be supporting Anna's Lokpal Bill, that the government accept the civil society's version of the bill and not the UPA's version.

The fighters were also a part of the campaign and burnt several copies of UPA's Lokpal Bill on Marina Beach. According to the fighters, the country was injected with corruption right after it attained freedom.

"As early as September 1947, the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru received 100 letters every day from the public complaining that government services weren't being provided and the ministers were living in luxury," said 85-year-old Bharathi, who was only 16 when he was jailed 6 months for participating in the Quit India Movement.

"Never was India against corruption as it is today. It is a great feeling," said Kalyanam.

"The Bill will not turn India in to a corruption-free country overnight. It is just the beginning to the end of corruption," he said. He was present when three bullets were fired at Mahatma Gandhi.

India Against Corruption (IAC) members will submit a petition on Aug 6 to put through the Jan Lokpal Bill to the statue of Gandhi by holding a protest from Gandhi Statue to Labour Statue.

"We are sick of submitting petitions to politicians and bureaucrats," said R Upendra, an IAC member.

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