Anna Hazare pitches for ‘right to reject’
Anna Hazare made a strong pitch for `right to reject` and said people with criminal cases pending against them should be kept out of Parliament.
New Delhi: Back in action, this time along with Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday reiterated that his life was for the nation and urged people to bring a change in the country at all levels.
Stepping up his anti-graft offensive, Anna made a strong pitch for `right to reject` and said people with criminal cases pending against them should be kept out of Parliament using the clause.
"Arvind Kejriwal has just said people with cases against them are sitting in Parliament...To stop this, we must use right to reject," Hazare said addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar during the joint one-day fast with Yoga guru Ramdev.
When a voter feels that none of the candidates contesting is good, he should use the right to reject, he said.
"If eight candidates are contesting from a constituency, and a voter feels these are all criminals, not one of them is good`, he should choose the last option which is right to reject," he said.
"We have to implement this and not just speak about it," he said.
Hazare refuted any misunderstanding with Ramdev.
"I was on a tour of 36 districts in Maharashtra. I left the tour and came as I had promised Ramdev that I would support him," he said.
"If I hadn`t shown up, people would have again said that there is a rift with Ramdev," he said.
Once again asking people to rally around their cause he said, “We have to bring change in this country. Make your family bigger. There is no bigger happiness than that. Give few hours everyday for the sake of the nation.”
“We have to end corruption and work towards the growth of this country. There is no other option. The process has to start at the grassroots and village level,” he further added.
“We have come empty-handed and will go empty-handed,” he further said on a philosophical note.
However, he was silent on the spat between Baba Ramdev and key Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal.