Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra): Anti-corruption
activist Anna Hazare has written to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, seeking his views on key issues facing the nation,
including those related to electoral reforms.
Talking to agency today at his native village in Ahmednagar
district, the Gandhian said the country wants to know what the
PM thinks about major challenges facing our democracy and
Issues like electoral reforms, right to recall and right
to reject have been mentioned in the letter, Hazare said,
adding he has requested Singh to clarify his views on these
After ending his 12-day fast in Delhi for a strong Lokpal
Bill last month, the veteran social activist had announced
that he will now campaign for electoral reforms.
The 74-year-old activist said he will be writing to all
Sarpanchs and Gram Panchayat members in Maharashtra to pass
resolutions at their respective gram sabhas (village assembly)
in support of the two issues - a strong Lokpal and appointment
of an effective Lokayukta in his home state.
These resolutions should be sent respectively to Abhishek
Singhvi, Chairman of Parliament`s Standing Committee looking
into the Lokpal issue, and Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan, the Gandhian maintained.
Hazare asked his supporters to organise street corner
meetings and hold discussions with NGOs, youth and other
groups to create awareness about these two issues.