"Annas" boycott courts, college bandh tomorrow

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 17 August 2011 21:48 IST

Anti-corruption fever has started gripping Goa with lawyers in Margao and Ponda boycotting court proceedings today while BJP’s student wing has called for college bandh tomorrow.

The state today also witnessed spontaneous rallies and dharnas in several parts of Goa, in support of the movement started by crusader Anna Hazare in the national capital.

Following a dharna and rally in Panaji yesterday by Indian Against Corruption, the opposition BJP toed their line by holding its own Dharna at Azad Maidan in Panaji today.

While Goa’s IAC leader Adv Satish Sonak appealed to all the political parties to join the nationwide protest, the BJP leaders promised to constitute Lok Ayukta in Goa “if they are elected to power.”

The IAC activists held at dharna in Mapusa, followed by a rally at a taxi stand in Mapusa today evening.

While lawyers in Margao and Vasco boycotted court proceedings today, South Goa Advocates' Association president Adv Anacleto Viegas said they would boycott indefinitely, if required.

Rallies and candle light marches were also held in Borim and Bicholim.

Students of Vaddem Nagar English school joined the protest by holding a march, shouting Vande Mataram, today morning.

Some domestic tourists, however, were whisked away by the police when they tried to hold a march at Colva.

Rallies were also held in Karwar, across Goa border in Karnataka, with general public and students.

The IAC has called for a public rally in Ponda tomorrow evening. 

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It was shocked to people when they heard that among our forty thieves there are some who reportedly have swiss bank accounts , if this is not corruption then what it is? these people should die of dreadful and non curable diseases.This is hard earned money of the public they have siphoned to SWiss accounts and they too without educational qualification

- Paul, Santacruz-Goa | 23 rd August 2011 18:55


when a ship starts to sink the first to come out are the rats. if the janlokpal bill is passed according to the guidelines of the anna team you will the the goan political rats escaping out of the country because it will be like aiming the axe at their own legs. 99 percent of the 40 saints are engaged in some sort of corruption or the other and i feel 99.9 percent of goans were victims of corruption atleast once in a lifetime. if you go to any govt office ,work is never done on time without bribe.even after annas bill is passed each and every govt office dealing with the public should be given a certain timeline between which the work should be processed and delivered, may it be a birth certificate or to pass a house plan etc. if there is no such time plan they will drag the same job for days and months.

- justino, dubai | 20 th August 2011 07:09


Good to see the people of all ages and from all strata come together to protest against corruption.The corruption is the single largest factor contributing to poverty, unemployment, bad infrastructure, terrorism, Naxalism, Maoism, frustration among youth,and many other social evils. Unfortunately the democratic system has been corrupted in the last 64 years-- to allow entry of corrupt and criminals and making it almost impossible for any honest person to get entry in it. Once in power--the corrupts become so much addicted to corruption that they shamelessly try to bring in the dynasty rule so that after them --their family members too can continue the exploitation...Anna has amalgamated the anti corruption forces and it is time to force the Parliamentarians to make a strong anti corruption independent agency which would effectively curb the menace of corruption.......Goa not any exception....

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 18 th August 2011 16:05


Keep it up students, its for YOUR FUTURE .

- lolo kamtie, goa | 18 th August 2011 07:37


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