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2014 polls will make clear stand of people of India, says Hazare

Bangalore, Sep 3 (ANI): Veteran social activist Anna Hazare on Monday said the general elections in 2014 will clear whether the public is in support of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or not.

Hazare, who was undergoing a week-long naturopathy treatment at a hospital in Bangalore, said the outcome of the 2014 elections will unravel the opinion of the people.

“Whether the public supports Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or not would be made clear in 2014,” said Hazare.

Hazare further said that he was physically fit and would embark on a country-wide tour and waken the people to fight against graft.

“Now my health is fine and I am fit to fight. Now we have to tour the country, have to visit every state and have to awaken the people about a corruption free India,” added Hazare.

Hazare also denied reports of a rift between him and Arvind Kejriwal, and added that they were united as before against corruption.

Hazare and his team, under the banner of India Against Corruption (IAC), had started a series of agitations and hunger strikes against the central government, calling for an effective legislation for the institution of a Lokpal, an autonomous body with powers to investigate all political and legislative authorities for allegations of graft.

The Lokpal legislation was presented in August 2011, but activists slammed the draft version as toothless because the prime minister and judges were exempt from probes.

Hazare had demanded that the bill included bringing civil servants under a proposed corruption agency’s authority, ensured similar agencies at a state level and created a citizen’s charter. (ANI)