New Delhi: Union Ministers and MPs on Monday faced the heat over the Lokpal issue when protesters staged demonstrations outside their homes in several parts of the country heeding Anna Hazare's call to visit the elected representatives.

In the Capital, a dharna was staged by Hazare supporters in front of the residences of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Delhi Chief Minister Dikshit and some MPs.

Sibal was among the first who had to face the ire of the protesters when around 40 people gathered outside his Teen Murti residence seeking his support for the Jan Lokpal Bill.

"Go to their residences... go sing Raghupati Raghav raja Ram, sabko sanmati de bhagwan," he had said yesterday while asking a cheering crowd at the Ramlila Maidan to start visiting their elected representatives' residences and stage demonstrations.

"We have come here to request Sibal to support the Jan Lokpal Bill. This is a good bill and everybody should support it," a protester outside Sibal's Teen Murti residence said.

People also gathered outside the Talkatora residence of Mukherjee, who was member of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill along with Sibal, and shouted slogans against the government. Police was deployed in strength outside their homes.

Protesters also staged demonstrations outside Dikshit's Motilal Nehru Road residence. They shouted slogans against the Chief Minister and also referred to the CAG report on Commonwealth Games.

Protests were held outside the homes of BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, party MP Ashok Argal and Congress MPs Kamal Nath, Subodh Kant Sahay and J P Aggrawal. Hazare's associate Arvind Kejriwal said protesters, who were merely offering flowers to the MPs, were also detained in some cases as he criticised the treatment meted out to them.

"Can't people go and meet the Prime Minister and ministers? Why are they being detained? They are going to talk to them, they are not going to kill them. Can't we talk to our MPs?" asked Kejriwal.

In Mumbai, Congress MPs Priya Dutt and Sanjay Nirupam faced the ire of the protesters.

Dutt met the protesters and lauded them for taking up the fight against corruption. "I am with the people on the demand for a strong Lokpal and will convey the people's sentiments in Parliament," she said.

When protesters went to the house of South Mumbai MP Milind Deora, now a Union minister of State, he was not there. The protesters submitted a memorandum to his aide.

In Uttar Pradesh, there were protests outside the houses of Ghaziabad MP and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh, Samajwadi Party MP from Chandauli Ram Kisun Yadav and Congress MP Zafar Ali Naqvi in Lakhimpur.

In Chandigarh, protesters representing Team Anna staged dharna near the residences of Union Parliamentary Minister Pawan Bansal and Congress MP from Bhiwani Shruti Chaudhary.

Protest outside PM's Guwahati house

Meanwhile, supporters of Anna Hazare on Monday staged an angry demonstration outside the official residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Guwahati.

Protesters armed with drums and cymbals sang songs lampooning the Prime Minister and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government for failing to bring the civil society's version of the Lokpal bill in the Parliament.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam and his residence as shown in his official profile is a rented accommodation at Sarumotoria locality in Guwahati.

Security personnel deployed at his residence watched the nearly 30-minute demonstration before the protesters dispersed peacefully.

Kabir-Pooja Bedi, Kailash Kher lend support

Celebrities and artists continued to lend support to Anna Hazare's anti-graft campaign with the father-daughter duo of Kabir and Pooja Bedi along with singer Kailash Kher being the latest to turn up at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan.

The crowds went wild when Kher, popular for his    renditions 'Allah Ke Banday' and "Teri Deewani' took the state as well as the microphone.

They clapped and cheered as Kher performed a song that he said was composed when Hazare had first undertaken a fast in April to demand that the government take the Civil Society's views on drafting of the Lokpal Bill.

Kabir Bedi said the corruption has spread in the country like a cancer and the government should work on a strong bill against it.

"The government has listened to the Civil Society on making legislations like the RTI, NREGA and others. Why are they not listening now? Why have they sent such a weak bill to Parliament" he said.

Actress Pooja Bedi said a strong Lokpal bill was the answer to corruption but the country has sadly been waiting for a Lokpal for 40 years.

Earlier, Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari too shared the dais with Hazare and entertained the audience with his songs.

74 Chetna Manch urges political leaders

The 74 Chetna Manch, a forum of participants of JP movement, on Monday urged all political leaders to rise above political affiliations and support Anna Hazare's demand to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill by Parliament by August 30.

"We request the ruling and the opposition parties alike to listen to the peoples' support to Anna Hazare's anti-graft bill by allowing the passage of the bill by the deadline set by him," Manch Convener Pramod Mishra told reporters in Ranchi.

Stating that about 3000 members of the Manch comprising participants of 1974 Jaiprakash Narayan (JP) movement have been staging demonstrations across Jharkhand from August 16, Mishra said, "Political leaders should respect voice of the people's by not delaying in facilitating the bill's passage".

In the second phase of the Manch's agitation in support of Hazare movement, Mishra said today they staged demonstrations at Godda, Sahebganj, Deogarh, Jamshedpur, Jamshedpur and Dumka.

112-year-old wants to join Anna’s fast

One 112-year-old former foot tracker in the army also expressed his support to Anna Hazare's campaign in Banaskantha district of Gujarat on Monday. Ranchhod Desai from Limbala village in Vav, who served the army during the 1965 and 1971 wars with Pakistan, says he wants to join Hazare's indefinite fast.

"Anna is doing a great job to set the country free from the clutches of corrupt people. I wish I could join him," Desai said.

However, considering his age, Desai, known as the 'Old War Camel' by the people of the area, has been advised not to fast. Nonetheless, the veteran not only observed a one-day
fast, but has also been offering prayers for Hazare's success daily since the agitation began at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.

"Anna is an ex-army man, who fought the 1965 Indo-Pak War. I pray to Goddess to shower her blessing on this noble son (Anna) of the country fighting for the second freedom
fight," Desai said and also appealed to the youths of his village to join Hazare.

"He wanted to join Hazare. But we have persuaded him not to do so, as his health will not permit. He agreed and observed fast for one day," said Desai's nephew Babba Desai,
former sarpanch of Limbala village.

"He is the last of the professional trackers who played a crucial role in leading the army into Pakistan during the 1965 and 1971 wars," Babba said.

District Collector J B Vora said, "He is not only revered in his village, but also across the district."

Delhi sex workers lend support to Anna

Scores of women working in the national capital's red light area, G B Road, have extended support to Anna Hazare's fast demanding Jan Lokpal Bill, an NGO working for their welfare said.

According to Bhartiya Patita Uddhar Sabha, sex workers have met Hazare's team at Ramlila Maidan and vowed cooperation till all the demands raised by 73-year-old Gandhian are met.

"The Bhartiya Patita Uddhar Sabha supports the task undertaken by fasting Anna Hazare to get the Lokpal Bill passed from the Parliament. On August 20, a number of sex workers visited Ramlila Maidan and met the team of Anna Hazare and indicated their full support," said Khairati Lal Bhola, President of the NGO.

(JPN/Agencies)