Anna Hazare to Resurrect his Anti-Corruption Drive on March 23

Anna Hazare paying tribute to Jaya Prakash Narayan at Charkha Samiti in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Social activist Anna Hazare, to mark the 44th anniversary of the launch of Jaya Prakash Narayan's Total Revolution in Bihar, visited the Loknayak's home at Charkha Samiti in Kadam Kuan in Patna on Sunday where he garlanded the bust of the veteran socialist leader in the presence of a number of JP's disciples.

Describing JP as his ideal and his hero, Hazare, whose war against corruption and his insistence on having a Lokpal Bill in 2011 catapulted him to the biggest limelight of his long career in political activism, said that it was JP who inspired him to fight for what was morally right and to speak for those who did not have a voice in the society.

Denying he was a spent force as some of his former disciples have described him in the last couple of years, Hazare said that he was organizing a massive agitation at Delhi's Ramlila Ground on March 23 to press for a new Lokpal Bill.

Social activist Anna Hazare in Patna on Sunday.

"This time it is going to be a decisive war against corruption and fight for the rights of farmers and other poor people of India. We will force the central government to introduce the Lokpal Bill or else the entire nation will be consumed by a stir not seen before," he said.

Describing the old Lokpal Bill as a weak one, Hazare said that in its current form it was not possible to curb corruption in the government and therefore, the new bill has to be tough enough to take down all corrupt leaders and government officials to clean the system from inside.

Hazare complained about not being able to get a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he wrote to the PM 24 times expressing his wish to seen him in person but the PM never cared to respond to him even once. He, however, praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying he was going a good job and was carrying out his duties by putting checks on corruption and by working for all sections of the society.

"Nitish Kumar is with the BJP in Bihar and I hope that his company will have good effects on the BJP leaders," the social activist from Maharashtra said.

On Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who rode on the coat-tail of Hazare in 2011 to gain national prominence only to ditch him once he felt comfortable to stand on his own two feet, the octogenarian said that he was highly disappointed with him because of the way he turned out after using him to launch his own political career.


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