Seed of `JP movement` in Anna`s drive: Shatrughan

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:25

New Delhi: Supporting the anti-corruption
agitation of Anna Hazare, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha
on Wednesday said the campaign has semblance to the 1974 JP
movement "which brought about a historic change" in the
country.
"The anti-corruption campaign of Anna Hazare for Lokpal
bill and UPA government action to gag the voice against
corruption reminds me of the 1974 movement launched by
Loknayak Jayprakash Narayan which had united the entire
opposition and brought a historic change in the country,"
Sinha, BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Saheb, said.

Sinha, a close follower of JP, criticised the move of
sending Hazare to Tihar Jail.

"The rallying of common man in support of Hazare has
resemblance with the backing JP had received against Emergency
in mid-70s," Sinha said.

"First they swooped in the middle of the night on peaceful
demonstrators led by Ramdev and now Hazare has been prevented
from leading a peaceful agitation against corruption," he
said.

He claimed that majority of people in the film world are
also supporting the issue raised by Hazare and criticising the
government for showing "intolerance" towards protest against
social ills.

"The kind of support Hazare is getting from people in
Bihar and elsewhere indicates that the popularity of Manmohan
Singh government has touched an all time low," he said, adding
this would be demonstrated in the coming polls in Uttar
Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 12:25

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