Hazare concludes second phase of Jantantra Yatra

Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare concluded the second phase of his Jantantra Yatra, asking people to "wake up" to change a system.

Updated: May 25, 2013, 00:12 AM IST

Rudrapur (Uttarakhand): Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Friday concluded the second phase of his Jantantra Yatra here, asking people to "wake up" to change a system where power has gone into the hands of "tainted" people.

"As many as 163 of our MPs are tainted. This means that the system is corrupt and needs to be changes," Hazare said, adding, he will launch a major campaign from Delhi`s Ramlila Maidan very soon.

He asked people to realise that they hold the key in a democratic setup, and they should bring about amendments to it by voting judiciously for "right individuals".

Hazare was addressing the last public meeting of the second phase of his campaign, ahead of next year`s Lok Sabha polls.

He asked the youths to come forward and associated themselves with his campaign.

Hazare said he lives the life of an ascetic and recalling an incident, he claimed "once some corrupt people hired contract killers to eliminate me, but they refused, saying they cannot kill a `fakir`".

He said he was grateful to people of Uttarakhand for "showering their love" on him during his campaign.

In his campaign, Hazare covered nearly 50 villages and held public meetings at a number of places including Rishikesh, from where he launched his second phase, Haridwar, Nainital and Haldwani, before concluding it here.