Anna begins hunger strike at Ralegan Siddi

Anna begins hunger strike at Ralegan Siddi

Social activist Anna Hazare will once again sit on an indefinite hunger strike on Tuesday to press for a strong Lokpal Bill. The Gandhian has chosen Yadav baba temple in Ralegan Siddi for his protest this time.

Talking to the local media at Ralegan Siddi, over 200 km from Mumbai, the social activist, known for his ‘no-holds barred verbal lashing,’ stated: “... if Congress still fails to grasp the reality even after the bashing it got in the just-concluded (Assembly) polls...then they really need to get their heads examined... the Centre should now show some courage by introducing the (Lokpal) bill in Parliament's winter session (which began on Dec 5).”

The Gandhian also raised the topic of dominant economic policies pursued by political parties for the first time, stating: “It is time to usher in policies which are pro-people and not pro-multinational companies. It is time for everybody (parties) to realise that unless they focus on developing villages rather than going around pandering to urban class they will bite dust in every elections.”

Earlier, Hazare had written to the prime minister, expressing disappointment over the Central government's indifference in passing the anti-graft legislation.Last week, the social activist had informed the media that he had received a letter from Parliamentary Affairs Minister V Narayanasamy detailing steps taken by the government to bring in the Lokpal Bill.”  

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