New Delhi, Dec 10 (): Gandhian Anna Hazare arrived in the capital on Saturday and he will be sitting on a day-long fast at the Jantar Mantar on Sunday to protest the government’s version of the Lokpal Bill.
Before leaving Ralegan Siddhi, Anna addressed media persons, saying, “This is the second struggle for independence and we shall have to make many sacrifices,” He vowed that he would continue his fight for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill till his last breath.
Hazare said, “So many martyrs lost their lives for our independence but even today we cannot experience independence. Who got independent? What independence. Corruption, loot is still here. Only ‘goras’ left and ‘kalas’ came in, that is the only difference.”
“I shall not rest till a strong Jan Lokpal Bill is enacted; I will fight till the last breath. If the government fails to enact the bill soon (from Dec 27), I shall go on indefinite hunger strike,” said Hazare.
On the day the standing committee tabled its report on Lokpal in parliament, the Gandhian Anna Hazare decided to go on warpath against the Congress.
Keenly observed by government and people, the activist will sit at Jantar Mantar, the protest hotspot in the national capital, the whole day along with his supporters demanding a strong anti-corruption law.
This will be Hazare’s second protest at Jantar Mantar on the issue, the first being the hugely successful five-day fast from April five which forced the government to set up a joint committee of government and activists to draft Lokpal Bill. Team Anna has invited all political parties to debate on the anti-corruption Bill before the people during the rally on Sunday.
If he sits on fast at Ramlila, it will be his fourth fast on the issue this year and second in the same ground.
“This is the second struggle for independence. Politicians in their greed for money and power have turned corrupt. We have to teach them a lesson,” he said. Following his day-long fast on Sunday, the anti-corruption crusader will from December 27 sit on a longer fast if a strong Lokpal bill is not passed.
“I will sit on a day-long fast tomorrow. But will sit on a longer fast from 27 December,” said Anna.