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Anna Hazare to hold first rally post Kejriwal split

After staying away from the limelight for several months following a split between him and Arvind Kejriwal, Anna Hazare is all set to get back to campaigning against corruption from Wednesday.

An NDTV report says that Hazare is all set to launch a country-wide 'Vyawastha Parivartan' (change in system) programme and address a "Jantranta rally" in Patna today.

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Ahead if his rally, Hazare slammed the UPA government for the delay in passing the Lokpal Bill.

The Central government has been cheating us over the issue (passing the Lokpal Bill)," Hazare said at a press conference in Patna.

In reference to United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi's letter to him in which she promised that the Lokpal Bill will be passed in coming session of parliament, Hazare said that there was nothing new in the letter.

"I have been assured through letters for last two years that Lokpal Bill will be passed soon but it is yet to pass," he said.

On choosing Patna for the campaign, Mr Hazare said Bihar was a 'pious land' as Gandhiji had launched Satyagraha against the British rule from Champaran and JP his 'sampoorna kranti' (total revolution) from here, besides being the land of Gautam Buddha, NDTV reported.

Hazare claimed that the government had no intention of ending corruption. "The government's intention is not clear on this issue," he said.

Hazare was welcomed by hundreds of his supporters at the airport on Tuesday when he arrived ahead of his rally.

Hazare, who is staying at legendary socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan's house here, said that Patna has been chosen to follow the legacy of JP's (as Narayan was popularly known) anti-corruption movement and to fulfill his dream of total revolution.

He announced that after the Patna rally, he will visit four other states in February and other states from March to create awareness among people and to unite them for change in the system in the country.

Hazare asserted that he will continue his fight for changing the system till he is alive.

With inputs from IANS

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