Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare has announced a day-long hunger strike on Gandhi Jayanti after paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in Delhi. The crusader of the anti-corruption moment believes that the country is drifting away from what Mahatma Gandhi envisioned. After arriving in New Delhi, early on Monday, he told reporters, “Today is October 2, Gandhi Jayanti. It’s been 70 years since our country gained independence, but we have moved away from the vision he had for India. It is for this reason that I am going to launch my satyagraha from Gandhiji’s samadhi.”
Anna Hazare, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, slammed the government for not appointing Lokpal and Lokayukta, and threatened to launch a fresh protest after his day-long strike. “I am not satisfied with PM Modi’s work and am therefore going on a hunger strike. Based on the inspiration I draw after sitting near Gandhiji’s statue at Rajghat, I will speak accordingly”, Hazare added. He also accused the government of not being able to check corruption in the country. In his letter to the Prime Minister, Hazare wrote, “People had voted you to power with a lot of hope. However, a common man still has to pay money to get his work done. Corruption has not gone down and people are experiencing this everyday.”
Hazare says he had written several letters to the PM regarding this but hasn’t got any response. It is because of this, he says he has resorted to a strike against the prevalent corruption in the country. “Enforcement of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act can reduce corruption by 50 to 60 per cent. Still you are not acting on it. You neither speak about it or act on it. How will the country become free of corruption?” he said. As per media reports, he will soon announce an agitation to bring in the Lokpal and implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.
Anna Hazare, back in 2011, led massive protests across the country against the then UPA government with his hunger strike at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan demanding a strong Jan Lokpal Bill to counter corruption.