Gandhians to fast unto death against corruption
New Delhi: A group of Gandhians in the
national capital will sit on a "fast unto death" from Sunday,
demanding stern government action against corruption.
The indefinite hunger strike beginning on the 63rd death
anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will see seven Gandhians
enlarging their protest canvas from the month-long dharna at
Jantar Mantar to another level.
The Gandhians had given a one-month ultimatum to the
government to appoint a commission to look into charges
against public servants, disqualify candidates with criminal
backgrounds and forfeit illegally acquired property of corrupt
public servants, including politicians.
"We are going for hunger strike as the government failed
to take action on our demands. To sacrifice our life will the
only thing we are capable of at this age. Therefore, we will
fast unto death unless the government concede to our demands,"
93-year-old Shambhu Dutta, who took part in the 1942 Quit
India Movement, said.
Recalling old days, 89-year-old A N Khanna said, "We had
never seen such height of corruption in our entire lifetime...
I will die for a noble cause than die a natural death."
For 84-year-old R S Devi, who once dreamt of Swaraj in
the Gandhian era and courted arrests during 1942 Quit India
movement, it was a nightmarish experience to fight against own
"Once we dreamt of Swaraj from Britishers, today we are
fighting corruption encouraged by our own people," she said,
adding, "I am still hopeful though to fight till my last
Among those fasting include social activist Govind Narain
Seth (78), Murari Lal Gupta (90) who formerly worked in the
Defence Ministry and K P Sahu (79), an educationist and a
social activist from Orissa.
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