Puri (Orissa), Aug.15 (ANI): Condemning the government for its stance on dealing with the menace of corruption, renowned sculptor Sudarshan Patnaik created a sand replica of social activist 'Anna Hazare' here on Sunday.
Supporting Hazare's vision of a corruption free India, Patnaik created a sand sculpture of the Indian tri-colour with Hazare's face on it.
Patnaik used ten tonnes of sand and took around five hours to complete the magnificent art.
He told media here that corruption is like a cobweb in Indian democracy, and therefore, supported Anna's campaign.
"I appreciate the movement initiated by Anna Hazare in the entire nation. Corruption is like a cobweb in our democracy, so we should throw it out from the system. We want corruption free independence this time, so that is why we have created a sand sculptor and through tri-colour our message to the people is to fight against corruption," said Patnaik.
Talking to mediapersons, Giini, a tourist, appreciated the movement initiated by Hazare.
"When I came here, I saw that the sand painting and after seeing it, I just want to say that the movement initiated by Anna Hazare against corruption is wonderful and the important part is how much people support the movement and as an Indian I just hope he wins against corruption," she said.
Hazare is due to begin an indefinite hunger strike from August 16 to protest against the Government's version of the Ombudsman Bill, a legislation which is being claimed as a one-stop solution to corruption plaguing the country.
The government's draft bill was introduced in parliament on August 4.
Meanwhile, in Surat, Gujarat, housewives sang songs in support Hazare and his movement.
Extending support to the veteran social activist, Kalpana, a housewife said that they completely support Anna's movement.
"Anna Hazare, who is the modern day Gandhi, wants our support, irrespective of the place we are in. So we housewives are extending our support to him and we are in support of him. His aim is to curb corruption and it is very important for our country," said Kalpana, a housewife.
While the civil society representatives including Hazare and his team are garnering public support against the government's draft bill, the government is in a rush to get the bill passed in parliament.
Corruption and a series of graft cases have proven to be the key issue plaguing the Congress party-led government.
The final meeting between the government and the civil society representatives on the drafting of the bill had ended on June 22, with differences on six key issues such as including the post of Prime Minister, the higher echelons of judiciary and acts of Members of Parliaments inside the Parliament, under the purview of the Lokpal.
The civil society members also differed with the government over the mode of selection of the Ombudsman panel and removal of its members.
Graft has long been a part of daily life in India, but a series of recent scandals - which include violations in granting telecom licences that cost the country $39 billion in lost revenue - are unprecedented. (ANI)