Govt targeting me, checking my Army records: Anna

Anna Hazare alleged he is being targeted by the Government, claiming his records in the Army were being checked and people sent to his village in Maharashtra to check on his organisation.

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2011, 22:25 PM IST

Mumbai: Anna Hazare on Tuesday alleged he is
being targeted by the Government, claiming his records in the
Army were being checked and people sent to his village in
Maharashtra to check on his organisation.

"I have not done anything wrong throughout my life,"
Hazare said.

The 74-year-old Gandhian said he was firm on his
decision to go on an indefinite fast in Delhi from August 16
for a strong Lokpal Bill to tackle corruption.

The anti-corruption crusader was talking to newsmen at
two separate events organised by the Mumbai Press Club and
Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh.
"They( Government) have sent people to check my
records in the Army. They want to see if they can find
something during my service years. I have not done anything
wrong throughout my life," he said. Hazare served as a jawan
in the Army for 15 years.

The social activist alleged that the Government`s
intentions are not right and that was why they are trying to
defame the civil society spearheading the anti-graft campaign.

"They have put people after me. They have sent people
to my village to check on my organisation. I have no bank
balance, so what will you find?. I live in a temple in a eight
feet by ten feet room. I just have a plate to eat and a bed to
sleep on. What will you find?," he said. Hazare hails from
Ralegan Sidhi village in Ahmednagar district.
Hazare said the agitation to demand a strong Lokpal is
not aimed at any individual or party,

"This agitation is not against any individual or
party. The common man is finding it impossible to live without
encountering corruption. Corruption has increased and has led
to inflation and price rise. Corruption is the root cause of
inflation," he said.

"Corruption may not end altogether but we can curb it
by at least 80 to 90 per cent," he added.

PTI