Mumbai: Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said that he will go on a fast from January 30, Wednesday onwards at his village Ralegan Siddhi demanding the appointment of Lokpal and Lokayuktas. He will begin his fast at 10 AM tomorrow and said that his protest wasn’t against any political party or a person but for the betterment of the society and people of the country at large.
He said, “Kal main savere 10 baje, mere gaon Ralegan Siddhi mein annshan par baeth raha hun. Ye mera annshan kisi vyakti, paksh, party ke virudh mein nahi hai. Samaj aur desh ke bhalai ke liye baar baar main andolan karta aaya hun, usi prakar ka ye andolan hai.” (I’ll begin my fast at 10 AM tomorrow in my village Ralegan Siddhi. My fast isn’t against any person or party. Time and again I’ve kept fast for the welfare of the country, this time too, I’m doing the same.)
Questioning the Narendra Modi government for not implementing the Lokpal bill in the last five years, Hazare said that the government has been making excuses for this whole time and had no intention of bringing the anti-corruption bill. (Also Read: Have Plenty of Papers on Rafale, Says Anna Hazare Ahead of Indefinite Fast)
He added, “Kanoon bankar 5 saal hogaye aur Narendra Modi sarkar 5 saal baad, baar baar bahanebaazi karti hai. Ye Narendra Modi sarkar ke dil mein agar hota toh kya 5 saal lagna zaruri tha? (It’s been five years since a law is in place regarding the Lokpal but the Narendra Modi government is still giving excuses. Had the Modi government really wanted to implement the anti-corruption bill, it wouldn’t have taken five years.)
On an earlier occasion, Anna Hazare had written a letter to the Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh and accused the NDA government of making excuses to avoid the appointment of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states.
Anna Hazare had said, “The Narendra Modi government first said that Lokpal could not be appointed as there was no Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha (who is to be part of the selection process) and later it said there was no eminent jurist in the selection committee.”
He then set a deadline of October 2, 2018, Anna Hazare had said. “On October 2, my agitation was to start from my village Ralegan Siddhi, but Maharashtra chief minister and other ministers again assured me that the appointment of Lokpal and Lokayuktas was in a final stage. I decided to give one more chance and wait till January 30,” he had written.
“It is obvious that the present government does not have the intention to appoint Lokpal and Lokayuktas,” he had alleged.
Anna Hazare sat on a fast at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi on March 23 last year but had called it off later when the PMO gave a written assurance that his demand would be fulfilled.