Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Anna Hazare begins fast unto death in Indian capital for Jan Lokpal Bill against Corruption.

Day - 1.
Hazare begins fast against corruption at Jantar Mantar on 5th March
Anna on Fast to death. Day -1. Thousands joined Nation wide.
Fake assurances of the govt will not be accepted: Hazare
Durgesh Nandan Jha, TNN | Apr 5, 2011, 04.20pm IST
Anna with his followers on the way to Jantar Mantar,
on 5th March
NEW DELHI: The veteran social activist Anna Hazare who began his fast unto death in the capital demanding greater public participation in the formulation of the anti-corruption bill, said that fake assurances of the government would not be accepted. 
"I sent several letters to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and even met the Prime Minister but no concrete steps were taken to implement or even discuss positively the enactment of the Jan Lokpal Bill prepared by social activists and public leaders like Arvind Kejriwal and Justic Santosh Hegde. Now, I am starting this public movement to demand the same and the government will have to listen to us," said the anti-corruption crusader.
Hazare who has been pushing for the Jan Lok Pal Bill, which calls for creation for an independent body to check corruption and punish those involved in it, said, "fake assurances will not be accepted."
He added that the Lokpal Bill framed by politicians and bureaucrats appointed by the government had been tailored to suit their needs and secure themselves.
"With big scams like the 2G spectrum case and commonwealth games, the public has lost all faith in the politicians and the bureaucrats. They collude and commit acts of corruption. So, there is need for public participation in the framing of laws to punish the offenders. And I will make sure this happens or rather die," said Hazare.
Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and other freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for the country's independence. But the power hungry and corrupt politicians continue exploit us. I will fast unto death if the government of the day does not take steps to check this," said the veteran social activist.
Kejriwal and several other activists including Mallika Sarabhai, Swami Agnivesh were present at the protest site. " Sharad Pawar, who is himself involved in many corruption cases, is leading the group of ministers formed to look into the changes in the Lokpal Bill? Do you think that will help? We want that a joint committee be formed to draft the new bill where at least half of the members are public leadders," said Kejriwal.
Many activists, led by Hazare, went to Rajghat in the morning to pray at Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi and later went to India Gate to pay his tributes to war heroes at India Gate.

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