Anna Hazare to tour country campaigning for Jan Lokpal Bill

Last Updated: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 08:28

Hyderabad: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday said he would tour the entire country for the next one and a half years to campaign on his demand for the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Hazare, who launched his `Janatantra` movement in Patna on January 30 to fight for changing the system, expressed confidence that he would be able to rope in at least six crore committed people to fight for the cause.

Noting that the Jan Lokpal Bill would not remove corruption totally, but only about 50 per cent, he said other measures like `Right to Reject` and `power to gram sabhas`, as envisaged by the `Janatantra` movement are needed to root out corruption and to "change the system".

"These measures," he said, "would mount pressure on political parties and lawmakers to serve the people in a sincere manner and usher in clean politics and not behave like masters of the people as it is the case today."

Had the anti-corruption measures as sought by him been in place, at least 15 ministers in the UPA government would have been behind bars, he said.

Alleging that the government was not sincere in bringing the Jan Lokpal bill, he said he would continue to fight for it till his last breath.

The `Janatantra` movement would be apolitical and have no core committee, as existed during the Jan Lokpal campaign undertaken by `Team Anna`, and all those who are part of it would be its leaders.

He said he would build up the campaign to reform the system from the grassroots level by extensively touring the country.

Hazare, who circulated mobile phone numbers at the Patna rally where the movement was launched, said that 25,000 text messages were received.

He announced his mobile number at the end of his speech here too.

He said gigantic tasks can be performed by the youth and appealed to them to have a spotless character.

Former Army Chief Gen VK Singh, who spoke on the occasion, said that the malaise of corruption has been plaguing the country since the late Jaiprakash Narayan`s days.

Observing that inequalities have grown in the society as witnessed by the growth of Naxalism in the country, he said such inequalities must be eradicated.

Citing the Army`s example which always stood above considerations of religion, caste or creed, he said similar should be the case in society too.

He also asked the youth to take a vow to work unitedly and sincerely for rooting out various ills from the society.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 08:28

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