37,000 register for the jail trip

Dec 24, 2011, 06:56 IST | Surender Sharma

Team Anna's 'Jail Bharo' campaign garners tremendous response; soon after the website went live, people from across the country started registering their participation

The 'Jail Bharo' campaign initiated by NGO India Against Corruption (IAC) received a positive response, with over 37,000 people expressing their willingness online to go to jail for a strong Jan Lokpal bill. The website, www.jailchalo.com, went live on Thursday, and within 24 hours, people from across the country started registering their participation.

Count me in: Registration for the campaign began on Thursday.
Volunteers from across the country will court arrest between December
30 and January 1 to mark their protest against the government's Lokpal
bill draft

Kiran Bedi, a key member of Team Anna, yesterday urged people to join the campaign in large numbers. She 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."

Although the three-day protest will start from December 27, Anna's 'Jail Bharo' movement will start from December 30 and will continue till January 1.

Permission granted
Meanwhile, Team Anna has procured permission to sit on a protest at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi from December 27. However, it's still not clear who'll lead the protesters because key members of the team -- Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan --- are likely to be part of the protest that will be held in Mumbai.

In their absence, IAC may struggle to garner the anticipated support. Also, due to the chilly weather conditions, getting people may turn out to be difficult. However, an insider revealed, "Although Kumar Vishwas and Manish Sisodia, second rung leaders of Team Anna, will lead the protest, the senior members will fly down from Mumbai to make brief entries."

Chalo jail
Those wanting to register for the 'Jail Bharo' campaign can send an SMS on 575758 or call on 07303150500.
One can also register by visiting the portal www.jailchalo.com.

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