Nitish Kumar supports Anna Hazare`s campaign

Lending his full support to Gandhian Anna Hazare`s campaign against corruption, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said that the agitation was manifestation of the people`s pledge against corruption.

Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 17:20 PM IST

Patna: Lending his full support to Gandhian
Anna Hazare`s campaign against corruption, Bihar Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar today said that the agitation was
manifestation of the people`s pledge against corruption.

"I have full support to Anna Hazare for his campaign
against corruption... It is manifestation of people`s pledge
against corruption", Kumar told reporters here.

Disagreeing with the view expressed by some quarters
equating the social activist`s campaign with the movement
launched by late Jaya Prakash Narayan, Kumar said Hazari`s was
"an independent movement".

"There is widespread resentment, indignation and
discontent brewing in the people`s mind against corruption",
he said and adding that a string of corruption allegations had
surfaced during UPA-II and had "agitated the people`s mind".

"People supported Ramdev Baba for his crusade against
corruption and now they are rallying behind Hazare on the
issue", he said, maintaining that his campaign was "widespread
and had broader people`s support."

"Hazare is receiving overwhelming response", he said and
cited his statements against corruption in over 300 election
meetings during the assembly polls.

"Jan Lokpal bill being demanded by Hazare has full
support from the people", he said, adding the UPA government
should not make it a prestige issue and concede the demand
instead of delaying the issue in the name of "constitutional
mechanism."

PTI