Ralegan Siddhi: Taking strong exception to Bal Thackeray`s allegation that that his anti-
corruption agitation was funded by corporates, social activist Anna Hazare has challenged the Shiv Sena supremo to prove the charges against him.
"Name the corporate. Prove the allegation and I will
become your slave for a lifetime but do not make baseless
statements," Hazare said after his arrival from New Delhi
"Why do I need corporates? And if there is one, name it,
that this corporate helped you. (If that is the case), I will
become your slave for life. But stop making hollow claims. It
is not right to accuse and defame someone," he added.
Thackeray, talking to reporters recently, had wondered as
to how Hazare`s current anti-corruption campaign would have
sustained in the absence of support from the Corporate
world. He, however, did not name any corporate house.
Referring to Thackeray`s remarks about his frequent plane
journeys and the money spent on it, the Gandhian said, "This
expenditure is borne by the government to facilitate my
attendance for the Lokpal bill drafting meetings."
Stating that he practised a frugal lifestyle, Hazare said
"I take just one meal in a day. I do not drink tea or coffee
or cold drinks."
A bachelor, Hazare lives in a room in the precincts of
a temple in his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra`s
Casting aspersions over the Government`s resolve to
pass the Lokpal Bill, Hazare said "If you really wanted to
pass the Lokpal Bill, then it came before Parliament many
times in the 42 years but could not be passed."