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India Against Corruption

India Against Corruption is a grassroots movement demanding reforms in the anti-corruption system in India and the enactment of Jan Lokpal Bill.

Prominent people in the Movement

  • Arvind Kejriwal - RTI and anti-corruption activist: former IRS officer
  • Prashant Bhushan - a social activist who helps people through the higher judicial system
  • Shanti Bhushan - former Law Minister
  • Kumar Vishwas - noted Indian poet, one of the chief strategists and stage compere of the Anna Hazare fasts at Ramlila Maidan, Rajghat and Jantar-Mantar
  • Santosh Hegde - former justice of the Supreme Court of India, former Solicitor General of India, Lokayukta (ombudsman) for Karnataka State of India from 2006-2011
  • Medha Patkar
  • Akhil Gogoi - RTI activist from Assam
  • Manish Sisodia - former news producer at Zee News and currently social activist
  • Anjali Damania

Former Members

Kiran Bedi: The retired IPS officer has parted ways with India Against Corruption after Arvind Kejriwal decided to plunge into politics to root out corruption.


Protests

Against Coal blocks allocation

On 26 August 2012, the activists of India Against Corruption have assembled outside the residences of the Prime Minister and BJP party president Nitin Gadkari protesting the coal block allocation issue. Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Kumar Vishas and Sanjay Singh participated in the protests and were detained by the police. The volunteers of IAC who staged protests were arrested.

Kejriwal along with other members of IAC staged a 'Jail Bharo Andolan' at the Parliament Street police station protesting the harassment of the police on them in the name of collecting evidence.

The India Against Corruption members Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal accused Robert Vadra of large-scale corruption in real estate dealings. On 5 October 2012, IAC has alleged that real estate DLF has sold him land in prime scale areas at throw away prices and has given him interest free loans. Property worth Rs. 300 crore was sold to Vadra for Rs. 50 lakh, they alleged.

On 5 Oct 2012, IAC alleged that Robert Vadra bought prime scale land worth Rs. 300 crore for a throw away price of Rs. 50 lakh from real estate giant DLF.

Bijli-Paani Satyagraha

Arvind Kejriwal launched a 'Bijli-Paani Satyagraha' in Delhi to protest against inflated power and water bills and the hike in tariffs. The protest was launched on 6 October 2012 at Tigri Colony. They protested by restoring the power connection of labourers whose electricity was disconnected for non-payment of bills and by burning the electricity bills.

"Bijli Paani satyagraha has started in Delhi. Stop paying electricity and water bills till Delhi government withdraws tariff hikes. Let's unite and fight corruption. If they disconnect power, people will reach in large numbers to reconnect," Kejriwal said.

The Delhi government is considering taking legal action against Arvind Kejriwal for "illegally" restoring electric connection of a labourer. Calling for a FIR against Kejriwal, Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf said, "I consider this illegal. Legal action should be taken against Kejriwal and not the common people who are instigated by him. FIR should be registered against him. He is trying to create anarchist society. There are legal bodies to address the grievances of consumers,"

He alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is seen supporting the power distribution companies and is against the common man. He warned that the he would disconnect water and electricity supply to chief minister's residence if the hike is not withdrawn by November 3.

India Against Corruption members has held protests on 7 October 2012 in 114 municipal wards across Delhi. Kejriwal led the protests and burnt electricity bills.

BJP accuses Kejriwal

On 9 October 2012, BJP accused Arvind Kejriwal saying that he is working at the instance of the Congress party. BJP general secretary Vijay Goel said, "We have been campaigning against the Delhi government through our bijli andolan for the last three years. Kejriwal is trying to lead the campaign for the last three days... He is trying to weaken our campaign. It appears as if he is working at the instance of Congress. We are going to speak against him as long as he works at the instance of the Congress,"

Nexus between Companies and Politicians

After raising allegations on the quid pro quo deal between Robert Vadra and DLF, Arvind Kejriwal said that he is preparing a list of nexus between politicians and companies. Following the announcement, the shares of few companies have closed at the day's low on 10 October 2012.

The Shares of DLF, GMR Infrastructure and IndiaBulls closed near their day's low on 10 October 2012. Earlier in the day, Arvind Kejriwal said that he is preparing a list of nexus between politicians and these companies.

IndiaBulls Real Estate closed 7.9 percent lower at Rs. 60.70, IndiaBulls Financial Services closed 3 percent lower at Rs. 224.95, IndiaBulls Power closed 8.2 percent at Rs. 12.23, IndiaBulls Securities closed at 7.4 percent at Rs. 9.10. DLF ended 5 percent down at Rs. 213, while GMR Infrastructure dropped 9 per cent at Rs 23.25.

Demanding action against Law Minister Salman Khurshid

Arvind Kejriwal led India Against Corruption members demanding Prime Minister to take action against Law Minister Salman Khurshid over the allegations of siphoning of funds. They took out a march to the Prime Minister's residence on 12 October 2012 and were detained by the police.

Main Article: Salman Khurshid - Allegations of Siphoning of Funds

India Against Corruption in News

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Arvind Kejriwal claims CBI tipped off coal firms about raids
CBI denies the allegations

Anna Hazare joins indefinte hunger strike at Jantar Mantar
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare joins Team Anna members at Jantar Mantar. Joins indefinite hunger strike.

Arrest me if I am anti-national, Anna Hazare tells government
Veteran anti-graft activist Anna Hazare has slammed the central government for alleging that his movement is foreign-funded, saying that if the government perceived him as anti-national, it had the means to arrest him.

BJP slams Govt. for shying away from probe into coal scam
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has strongly criticised the Central Government for shying away from a probe into the multi-billion dollar coal scam, which has triggered a massive outcry across the socio-political spectrum.

PM indirectly gained from scam: Hazare
Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare has reiterated that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh indirectly gained through the scam of coal block allocations worth billions of rupees.

Digvijay Singh mocks Gadkari for touching Ramdev's feet
Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday taunted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari for touching the feet of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, saying that it was not a meeting between a politician and a spiritual leader, but that of two influential businessmen.

Gadkari slams Sonia, asks her to focus on nation's upliftment
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Monday hit back at Congress President Sonia Gandhi for levelling charges against the opposition and civil society activists, and advised her to look beyond politics in the larger interest of the nation.

Gadkari extends support to Ramdev's movement against black money
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Monday extended support to yoga guru Baba Ramdev for his movement to get back black money stashed away abroad.

Kiran Bedi demands strong law to tackle black money
Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and Team Anna member Kiran Bedi has demanded introduction of a strong law to unearth and bring back black money stashed away in foreign banks and tax havens abroad.

Hazare in Bangalore for ayurvedic treatment
Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare arrived in Bangalore today for ayurvedic treatment.

Team Anna finds 'no clean party'
Close associates of veteran social activist Anna Hazare has said that in the next stage of their movement for the Lokpal Bill, they under the banner of India Against Corruption, would not campaign against any particular political party.

Hazare aide dismisses links to RSS
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare's aide Kumar Vishwas on Monday dismissed claims that Hazare was linked to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Yechury backs BJP stand on Constitutional amendment
Rajya Sabha member and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury, on Wednesday came out strongly in support of BJP stand on Constitutional status for Lokpal.

Bombay High Court reject plea on fee waiver for Anna's rally
The Bombay High Court turned down a plea filed by supporters of India Against Corruption, on the contention that the court cannot force the Maharashtra government to determine a venue at concessional rates for veteran social activist Anna Hazare's proposed fast.

Team Anna claims permission to fast at Jantar Mantar
With the Bombay High Court disapproving the agitation of the members of India Against Corruption, Kumar Vishwas, a close aide of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, today claimed that they have been granted permission for the demonstration at Delhi's Jantar Mantar.

Lokpal row: Anna's supporters' gear up to support his proposed fast
With Anna Hazare threatening to go on an indefinite fast from December 27 at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, supporters of the veteran social activist reiterated his decision by holding prayer sessions in city churches here on Sunday.

VHP participated in Hazare's anti-corruption movement only as patriots, says Ashok Singhal
Senior Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal has admitted that his outfit had provided support to the anti-corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare, only as patriots, by distributing food to the people gathered at the protest venue in August.

Hazare 'insulting Parliament', Lokpal Bill can't be made at Jantar Mantar: Congress
The Congress party on Sunday said that veteran social activist Anna Hazare was denigrating the Parliament by holding a fast to protest the Central government's version of the Lokpal Bill.

Anna Hazare begins day-long fast at Jantar Mantar
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday began his day-long fast at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to protest the Central government's version of the Lokpal Bill.

Hazare pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi before beginning day-long fast in Delhi
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare today visited Rajghat in New Delhi to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi before beginning his one-day fast to protest the Central government's version of the Lokpal Bill.

Anna Hazare leaves for Delhi to hold token fast
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Saturday morning left for New Delhi for his daylong token fast on Sunday to protest the government's version of the Lokpal Bill.

Lokpal report tabled in Parliament
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