IAC activists across India demand Khurshid's resignation from Cabinet
India Against Corruption (IAC) activists have upped the ante in demanding the immediate resignation of Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid over allegations of him being involved in siphoning off funds allocated for the welfare of specially-abled people.
Staging nationwide demonstrations over the weekend, they showcased their solidarity with their leader and noted anti-graft crusader Arvind Kejriwal for the expulsion of Khurshid over the misuse of government grants.
Kejriwal and his supporters have already spent a night in the Bawana Jail on the outskirts of Delhi for leading a protest march to the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over a demand for Khurshid's dismissal.
They were released on Saturday morning, but Kejriwal said that he would lead his team to the Parliament Street Police Station and continue his agitation.
Kejriwal said that there was complete lawlessness in the country and the government was behaving in a dictatorial manner against the people without citing any reason.
In Patna, Bihar, protestors raised slogans against the government and burned an effigy of Khurshid to showcase their anguish.
"Arvind Kejriwal revealed the scam by Law Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife. He then organised a protest march to the residence of the Prime Minister but he was arrested and then detained at a make shift jail all night. We are protesting here to show our support to Kejriwal and demanding that Salman Khurshid should resign from his post as a federal minister," said Dheeraj Kumar, a protestor in Patna.
In Bhopal, a team of specially-abled lent their voice to the agitation launched by the IAC.
The demand for Khurshid's resignation was also raised in Bangalore and Ludhiana.
The demand for Khurshid's resignation centre's around a sting operation carried out by the television channel Aaj Tak, which claimed that Khurshid's Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust, which is run by his wife, Louise, had withdrawn funds meant for procuring equipment such as crutches and hearing aids, while not actually performing any of its intended function.
The IAC movement, launched in December 2010, marks the first time in India, that both the poor and the middle class are united against corruption in such large numbers.