Jan Lokpal Bill: Anna Hazare begins fast against corruption
New Delhi, April 5, 2011
Veteran social activist Anna Hazare today started an indefinite hunger strike here demanding enactment of a comprehensive Jan Lokpal Bill against corruption.
He began his fast at Jantar Mantar after taking out a march from Raj Ghat, here he paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Activists Swami Agnivesh, Kiran Bedi and Sandeep Pandey were amongst those present.
"We will fast unto death until the government enacts the Jan Lokpal Bill which is most necessary to fight corruption in our country," the 72-year-old anti-corruption crusader told reporters.
He appealed to the people to fight for the cause and said, "Let the whole nation fast for a day today and pray for a corruption-free India. Collective prayers are very powerful. Let the whole nation pray against corruption," he said.
Mr Hazare, who has received support from main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had yesterday said he was upset when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rejected the demand by leading civil society members to include them and senior ministers in the joint committee to draft the Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen's ombudsman Bill).
"The views of eminent persons like Justice (Retd) Santosh Hegde, advocate Prashant Bhushan and Swami Agnivesh were not considered important by the government and a minister like Sharad Pawar, who is known for possessing large amounts of land in Maharashtra, is heading a committee that will draft the bill," he lamented.