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"Bhrashtachar se Azadi" march against corruption from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar
Thousands of people led by civil society activists and various anti-corruption crusaders took out a march against corruption from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar on Thursday.

The "Bhrashtachaar se Azadi" march culminated at Jantar Mantar with a protest demonstration where the speakers questioned the government for its lackadaisical and poor performance in fighting corruption. Noted crusader and Swaraj Abhiyan President Prashant Bhushan questioned the Modi government over its silence on the suicide note of late Arunachal Pradesh CM Kalikho Pul.

Bhushan pointed out that there could be an ominous connection between Sahara Birla Diary and Pul's diary, both of which deserve an independent & credible investigation.

Slamming the government for going back on its promise of cleaning up political funding, the root cause of black money & corruption, Prashant Bhushan said that the lack of transparency & accountability in political funding still remains one of the most serious concerns in this country. Political parties have consistently refused to reveal their source of funds despite directions from CIC to come under the purview of RTI.

Recent announcements by the finance minister in his budget speech have in fact made political funding more opaque instead of ensuring transparency. Noted RTI activist Ms. Anjali Bhardwaj, co-convenor of the National Campaign for Peoples Right to Information said at the rally, "Modi government has neither implemented the anti-corruption legislation nor the and whistle-blowers protection law but has instead diluted these laws."

She also said that this government's various promises have turned out to be mere 'jumlas'. The anti-corruption crusaders also said that there are serious allegations of corruption in the Sahara – Birla diaries and in the dying declaration of Kalhiko Pul which must be properly investigated.

People's movements have come together to demand 'Bhrashtachar se Azadi'. Mrs. Pul, wife of late Mr. Kalhiko Pul, former CM of Arunachal Pradesh said, "My husband in his dying declaration has written in detail about corruption in politics and judiciary. He could have given the bribe and carried on but he stood for the right thing. I'm not fighting for justice for only him but for all Indians. Instead of trying to suppress the evidence and dismiss it, we need a proper and independent investigation into it. BJP government is not investigating the allegations."

"The BJP government of Madhya Pradesh is extremely corrupt. We all know of the Vyapam scam- scores of people have been killed, yet what action has the government taken?" Dr. Sunilam of NAPM said.

Aruna Roy of National Campaign for Peoples Right to Information also attended the march and said, "We want Azadi from bhrashtachar and from injustice. Corruption and injustice go hand in hand. The government is trying to silence us and stop us from speaking, from questioning, from expressing our views. We must fight together to protect our right to protest and resist."

Yogender Yadav National President of the newly formed political party Swaraj India and Prakash Karat of CPM also expressed support for the demands of the protesters to expose the ill intentions of the government in fighting corruption. National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information (NCPRI), Campaign for Judicial Accountability & Reform (CJAR), National Alliance of Peoples' Movements (NAPM) and the Anti Corruption Team of Swaraj Abhiyan also participated in the protest.

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