Indian main opposition party holds demo against corruption
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:45PM
Munawar Zaman, Press TV, New Delhi
Marking the death anniversary of it's founder, Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, India's main opposition party the Baritiya Janata Party launched a four-day campaing against what it called the government's inaction in combating corruption.
Thousands of protesters joined the demonstration. A mass movement has been initiated across the country with the opposition holding rallies, seminars and public awareness programmes. Many opposition leaders are participating in this four day campaign to fight corruption.
BJP says the campaing is aimed at bringing these crimes to the public attention. According to Global Financial Integrity, India has lost more than $460bn of its capital since Independence mainly because of prevailing corruption in the country.
Similar events are to be held in different parts of the country during the coming four days.
The government has been under increasing pressure following a string of scandals, including allegations of bribes at the Commonwealth Games last year and the telecom scam that cost the nation around $39 billion.