Former PM Gujral comes out in support of Anna



New Delhi: Coming out in support of Anna Hazare, former Prime Minister I K Gujral on Tuesday said the Gandhian's campaign against corruption has made the common man feel empowered and realise that he can be an "agent of change" in the society.

In a letter to Hazare, Gujral appreciated his "singular effort to galvanise" the entire nation of the issue of fighting corruption, which has spread to every organ of the society like a "cancer".

"I dare say that your clarion call has stirred our nation in a manner that is reminiscent of our Independence struggle, when young and old, rich and the poor selflessly dedicated themselves for the success of a movement that shaped our future," he said in the letter.

Noting that a "corrupt nation" cannot stay great for any sustained period, he said, "This is a decisive time and if our Parliament does not act now, history and posterity will not forgive us for squandering away our golden moment".

Recalling that he made a similar appeal to the people 14 years ago from the ramparts of Red Fort, Gujral said, "What a Prime Minister could not achieve, a humble Gandhian has managed to -- that is the essence of this nation's greatness".

PTI