New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare who is scheduled to fast from January 30 at his village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra from January 30 against the Narendra Modi-led government for the delay in appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre said that the Rafale scam would not have happened if the Lokpal was in place.
Announcing indefinite hunger strike from January 30 over his unmet demands for farmers and implementation of the anti-corruption law, Hazare said that he has plenty of papers on Rafale and will hold a separate press conference after studying it for two days.
“If Lokpal was there, a scam like Rafale would not have happened. I have plenty of papers on Rafale and I will hold a separate press conference after studying it for two days. One thing I do not understand how a company formed a month ago before the deal was made partner in it,” Hazare said at a press conference.
Hazare added, “In the past, the government said in writing that they will implement Lokpal law and provide pensions and 1.5 times of minimum support price to the farmers but did nothing. Now I will not have any more false assurances and continue the hunger strike till there is life in my body.”
In March 2018, Hazare along with his supporters held a week-long hunger strike at the Ramleela ground, demanding implementation of the Lokpal law. Calling the government autocratic, Hazare further said that by not implementing the order of a constitutional body moves the country from democracy to autocracy. “This government is on the same course. What kind of a government is this which does not obey the Supreme Court order. Is it a government, or some bania ki dukan (provisional store),” he said. (Also Read: SC Directs Search Committee to Recommend a Panel of Names For Appointment of Lokpal by Feb End)
“This government is not concerned about the farmers. It is concerned only for industrialists whose loans running in lakhs of crores of rupees have been waived,” he alleged.
While Hazare has asked his followers not to crowd Ralegan Siddhi, where he will be on fast unto death, Rashtriya Kisan Mahapanchayat which has extended its support to Hazare has said that farmer outfits across the country will join the hunger strike.
Organisations of farmers in 15 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, have assured to join the hunger strike and more are expected to do so in the coming days, said core committee member of the Mahapanchayat, Shiv Kumar Kakka.