Hazare not to attend anti-corruption rallies in UP

Social activist Anna Hazare will not be able to attend the Uttar Pradesh leg of the nation-wide `India Against Corruption` rallies on health grounds, an IAC spokesperson said Thursday.

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 16:15 PM IST

Lucknow: Social activist Anna Hazare will
not be able to attend the Uttar Pradesh leg of the nation-wide `India Against Corruption` rallies on health grounds, an IAC
spokesperson said Thursday.

"As the doctors have advised Anna Hazare to take rest
for a week due to osteoarthritis, he will not be participating
in the rallies scheduled in Varanasi, Sultanpur and Lucknow,"
spokesperson Vibhav told reporters over phone.

He, however, said Hazare would address the meetings over
phone.

Personal assistant of the social activist Suresh Pathare
also confirmed Hazare`s absence from the rallies and refuted
reports that he will travel from Pune to Delhi to attend a
meeting of Jan Lokpal Bill committee on May 2.

As per earlier schedule, the anti-corruption crusader
was planned to address rallies in Varanasi (April 29) and
Sultanpur (April 30) and Lucknow (May 1).

Vibhav, however, said Hazare`s absence would not affect
the schedule of rallies and his associates Arvind Kejariwal,
Swami Agnivesh, P D Rajgopal, Kumar Vishwas, Prakash Singh and
Jaspal Bhatti would attend the programme.

PTI