'Modi govt's work isn't satisfactory': On Gandhi Jayanti, Anna Hazare to sit on satyagraha at Rajghat in bid to return to public spotlight

By FP Staff

Social activist Anna Hazare will sit on a one-day satyagraha on Monday at Rajghat in Delhi against corruption, according to media reports.

#BREAKING -- Anna Hazare to sit on one day Satyagraha today at Rajghat against corruption
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Hazare has said that he will later speak to mediapersons at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi on Monday evening, according to News18.

#GandhiJayanti - I will speak afterwards on Lokpal. I don't have any demands. A poor person doesn't have any demands: Anna Hazare pic.twitter.com/5KLyQvA1iM — News18 (@CNNnews18) October 2, 2017

After paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Hazare said that the country was moving away from Gandhi's vision, according to a report in India Today.

"Today is 2 October, Gandhi Jayanti. It's been 70 years since our country gained independence, but we have moved away from the vision he had for India. It is for this reason that I am going to launch my satyagraha from Gandhiji's samadhi," Hazare was quoted as saying by India Today.

Hazare has said that he is not satisfied with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work and is therefore going on a hunger strike, said The Financial Express report.

On 30 August, Hazare, who led the India Against Corruption Movement, had written a letter to Modi declaring another round of agitation in Delhi against government's apathy in appointing a Lokpal, Lokayuktas and for farmers' rights as the Prime Minister was "not serious about rooting out corruption".

Hazare had said that despite the Centre passing the Lokpal bill in 2013 and BJP leaders supporting it then, the fact that the law could not be implemented in three years showed Modi's apathy.

"In the last three years, I wrote to you several letters regarding appointment of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas. You did not even reply," Hazare had said in a four-page letter. "This shows you are not serious about rooting out corruption."

He added that the apex court had also slammed the Centre for its apathetic attitude towards it and asked how the country would become "corruption free" if the Prime Minister does not act.

"Interestingly, even the states with your party's government have not yet appointed Lokayukta. It clearly shows the difference between your words and actions. Is this not the insult of the President who signed the Lokpal Bill into a law, and of the apex court?"

On farmers' issues, Hazare said that many farmers in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Telangana, Maharashtra and other states had been demonstrating over their demands, but the government was not serious.

With inputs from IANS