Hazare's padayatra from March 25

Hazare's padayatra from March 25

Mounting pressure on the Narendra Modi-led NDA dispensation at the Centre, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare will commence his padayatra from Sevagram to New Delhi on March 30 to mobilise support against the controversial Land Acquisition Bill.

After discussions with close associates, activists and representatives of NGOs, it was decided that the padayatra would start on March 30 from Sevagram and end at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on April 30 or May 1, covering a distance of nearly 1,100 km.

The march would pass through Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.

A detailed schedule would be worked in a week’s time - as lot of coordination would be involved. Earlier, the date proposed was March 25.

However, the dates were changed later as of March 23 several activists and leaders would be going to Punjab to pay homage to Shahid Bhagat Singh on the anniversary of his martyrdom.
Hazare, 77, is camping in Sevagram in Wardha district, which was the residence of Mahatma Gandhi for close to a decade.

While offering prayers at Bapu Kuti, the Gandhian got emotional.

“The bill is anti-farmer and hence we are objecting, protesting,” Hazare told reporters after the meeting on Monday evening. It may be recalled that last month, Hazare staged a protest in Delhi to oppose the proposed amendments.

“In case of violence, the march would be suspended. It has to be peaceful,” he said.

“There is nothing in the bill which can benefit the farmers. The government is not interested in considering the views of the people and farmers. (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi only talks, but does nothing. We are not interested in amendments, we want it scrapped,” Hazare said.

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