Lokpal bill: Anna Hazare to launch agitation in Delhi by January end in 2018

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Published: October 9, 2017 8:38:28 AM

Hazare blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi - who is at the Centre for last three years - for not appointing Lokpal.

Anna Hazare, the Anti-corruption crusader, once again plans to launch another campaign against corruption. (PTI)

Anna Hazare, the Anti-corruption crusader, once again plans to launch another campaign against corruption. Hazare will launch an agitation in Delhi in the last week of January 2018, reported the Indian Express. 80-years-old social activist, made the announcement on Sunday saying that the agitation will be held in the national capital demanding the implementation of the Lokpal Act, reforms in election process and programmes, including a pension scheme, to help farmers. Before launching the agitation in Delhi, he said that he would be visiting several states to raise awareness about the issues.

Hazare blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi – who is at the Centre for last three years – for not appointing Lokpal. He added that the PM rather hastily passed the amendments to weaken the anti-corruption law. The Indian Express quoted him as saying that while earlier it was mandatory for those covered under the Lokpal to disclose their assets as well as the assets of their family members, but because of the amendment that was passed in July last year, the family members were exempted from doing so.

He further said that PM made ‘one or the other excuse’ and postponed the enforcement of the anti-corruption law. Hazare also said that the PM had neither responded to any of his letters nor had he addressed the concerns raised by him.

By emphasising on the need of election reforms, Hazare said that NOTA (none of the above) should be given more power. He was quoted as saying, “There has to be a rule to ensure that if NOTA gets the highest number of votes in a constituency, all the candidates are disqualified from participating in re-election and the process has to be done again.”

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