Hazare expands ambit of his crusade, to fight for farmers

Anna Hazare's fast demanding a strong Lokpal to tackle corruption crossed 100 hours here today, with the Gandhian expanding ambit of his fight to include electoral reforms and a farmer-friendly land acquisition law.

hidden August 20, 2011 16:11:49 IST
Hazare expands ambit of his crusade, to fight for farmers

New Delhi: Anna Hazare's fast demanding a strong Lokpal to tackle corruption crossed 100 hours here today, with the Gandhian expanding ambit of his fight to include electoral reforms and a farmer-friendly land acquisition law.

As his fast entered the fifth day, his team said they were ready to talk to the government but no such communication channels have been opened so far but insisted the 30 August deadline set by the Gandhian for passing of Jan Lokpal Bill should be met with.

Hazare expands ambit of his crusade to fight for farmers

Anna Hazare offers water to a kid during his fast at Ramlila Ground. Subhav Shukla/PTI

With the government indicating that the deadline could not be met with, the Team said it appeared to be an exercise which will waste the time of people and Parliamentarians and demanded that the Jan Lokpal Bill be introduced on Tuesday.

Hazare, who addressed the gathering at Ramlila Maidan twice in the day, said the funds in government treasuries were being threatened not by thieves but from those guard it and the country is being threatened by these traitors.

"Why should we fight? The funds in government treasuries are ours. The treasuries are not threatened by thieves but by those who guards it. The country is not betrayed by enemies but by these traitors," the Gandhian said.

He told the gathering the fight will not end with the passage of Lokpal Bill but they have be ready for a longer struggle for electoral reforms as well as ensuring farmers' right to their land.

"I want to tell the youth of this country that this fight should not be stopped with Lokpal alone. We have to fight for removing the faults of the present electoral reforms. Because of the fault in electoral system, 150 criminals have reached Parliament," Hazare said.

PTI

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