Veteran social activist Anna Hazare in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Centre for its delay in the appointment of a Lokpal and threatened another round of campaign in the national capital. In the 4 page long letter, Hazare said that he would continue his campaign in Delhi till Lokayukta isn’t appointed and Swaminathan Report isn’t implemented, as reported by news agency ANI. In the letter, the social activist who headed the 2011 India Against Corruption movement said that his protest will mainly be against the Narendra Modi-led NDA government as they failed to appoint a Lokpal even after being in power for the last three years. In his letter, he wrote, “I have written many letters to you regarding the appointment of Lokpal and Lokayukta but I have not received any reply from you nor have I seen any action from your side. Due to the increasing rate of corruption, people trusted your words, but even today no work gets done without paying money. Inflation has also not come down,” as translated by ANI.
Hazare added, “It has been six years of a historical movement that aimed at creating a corruption-free India. But even after six years, the government has not drafted a definitive law to end corruption,” Hazare wrote in the letter. He further added that “For the past three years, I have reminded you to react on the issue of Lokpal and Lokayukta, but every time I have to experience dismay. There have been various editions of Mann Ki Baat not even in one, you discussed the issue of Lokpal and Lokayukta”
As written in the letter, Hazare wants the NDA-led Central government to launch a Lokpal (ombudsman) at the center, a Lokayukta in every state. He also wants that a Citizen’s Charter on ending corruption should be appointed by the government. While talking about the details of his agitation, Hazare said that he will reveal the details of his campaign that will take place in Delhi in his next letter.
Further while expressing his dismay, he said that the promise of bringing back black money has also not been addressed by the Prime Minister. “You don’t speak of implementation of the Lokpal and Lokayukta laws passed for curbing corruption. May be you have forgotten the things which you promised,” Hazare wrote.