New Delhi: Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar has extended her support to Anna Hazare's fight against corruption.

As Hazare's fast entered the fifth day, Mangeshkar sent a message to the Gandhian saying she supported his fight for a strong Lokpal Bill.

This was announced by Hazare aide Arvind Kejriwal at Ramlila Maidan where the 73-year-old Gandhian launched his protest on Friday.

The 81-year-old took to twitter to support Hazare, saying she could not stop herself when the issue is related to corruption.

"Namaskar, mujhe raajneeti na samajhme aati hai na hi usmein koi dilchaspi hai, parantu bhrashtachaar se humara desh mukt hona bahot zaroori hai, isiliye main anna hazaare ji ke is bhrashtachaar virodhi abhiyaan ka samarthan karti hun... (I don't understand politics nor do I have an interest in it. But I feel, our country should be free from corruption, so I lend my support to the cause Anna Hazareji is fighting for)," Mangeshkar posted on Twitter.

Shah Rukh supports anti-graft stir

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has supported the anti-corruption movement launched by Anna Hazare but says every aspect of the cause should be looked at seriously.

"I think we all support the cause. I think there should be no corruption in the country. I think this whole aspect is becoming so large and so big and there are so many aspects of it that we need to look at it seriously, quietly, step-backed. We just can't keep saying we support anti-corruption," said Khan, who was here to inaugurate a hotel complex.

Khan, 45, said a legislation to curb corruption should be implemented after holding discussions with all concerned.

"Unless we do that, we just keep talking about it, we just keep doing agitations. We should think how to take the best out of it so that it does not die out. That’s the second step," he said.

Parliament should pass Lokpal Bill: Naqvi

Senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Parliament should set aside all business and pass a strong Lokpal Bill at the earliest so that questions raised over the credibility of Legislature are answered.

The Rajya Sabha member wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying it would be "arrogance and stupidity" on part of the Legislature to ignore the tremendous public anger against corruption that is being spearheaded by Hazare and his associates.”

“I am writing this letter with sadness. As a common citizen, whatever I am witnessing, it hurts. But as an MP and social worker, I feel ashamed," said the BJP Vice President and former Union Minister in his letter.

Expressing pride in Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional set-up, he said, "The web of rules and laws" should, however, not be used as a "shield" to stand in the way of a strong Lokpal.

Treating the anti-corruption campaign as "a bugle of 'Mahabharata', he said, it will have to be recognised and accepted.

"The rights and power of the Parliament should not represent stubbornness. He said that before the spark of public anger reaches the seat of democracy, "it is my request that we should set aside all legislative work and take up Lokpal Bill.

"If need be, a special session of the Parliament should be convened and a strong Lokpal be passed at the earliest so that the trust in Parliament that is shaken is restored. This should be the priority for the Parliament."

Port Blair college students hold rally

Students of the Jawaharlal Nehru Rajkeeya Mahavidyalaya, a government college in Andaman, organised a rally in support of Anna Hazare and his campaign for a corruption-free India.

A large number of students gathered at the college main gate and marched in a peace procession.

The government is trying to strangle a mass movement against corruption which has become prevalent in all sections of the society, student's union leader Gyan Sharma told reporters here.

In the other islands of the union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a candle light march and processions are being held in support of Anna Hazare's movement.

Doctors write out anti-graft message

Doctors in Lucknow are expressing solidarity with social activist Anna Hazare in a novel way - they are printing pro-Anna messages on their prescriptions and diagnostic reports.

Under the banner of Lucknow Association of Practicing Pathologists and Microbiologists (LAPPM), doctors in the city have been getting messages like 'We support Anna Hazare, we support Jan Lokpal Bill' printed at the bottom of their prescriptions and reports.

“Hundreds of private doctors attached with the association and also those working with nursing homes in the city have taken up the unique way to support Hazare and his anti-graft campaign,” said LAPPM president PK Gupta.  LAPPM members are of the view that the messages printed in support of Hazare on prescriptions will sensitise people against corruption.

“We believe that the messages on prescriptions and reports would not only be read by the patients but also by their families. Therefore, with a single message several people would get connected with our drive,” said Gupta. 

LAPPM members have also initiated SMS campaigns to solicit support for Hazare's crusade against corruption. 

Meanwhile, people from various walks of life continued to converge on the Jhulelal Park - the main site in Lucknow for holding programmes in support of Hazare.

Support pours in from Chennai

A group of protesters here continued its fast in support of activist Anna Hazare's hunger-strike for a stronger Lokpal bill for the fifth day on Saturday.

According to India Against Corruption (IAC), the outfit which is supporting Hazare in his anti-corruption campaign, the total number of people on indefinite fast has increased to 41 and those on relay fast to five.

“The group which has been fasting since Tuesday has gone without food for over 100 hours,” an IAC statement said here.  IAC said the protesters' spirits were high, though physically they were weak.

(JPN/Agencies)