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India Back Home, Anna Launches All-out Attack On Centre

Jan 7, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
September 2, 2011

Back home, Anna launches all out attack on Centre

India Today Online | Ralegan Siddhi, September 2, 2011 | 17:34

Anna Hazare at Ralegaon Siddhi.

In his first public rally after breaking his 12-day fast for a strong Lokpal, Anna Hazare said on Friday the movement against graft, which had brought the government to its knees, was a people's victory, which would continue.

"This is your victory. This is people's victory. But the fight against corruption will continue," Anna told a 10000-strong gathering at his hometown in Ralegaon Siddhi.

Hazare attacked the UPA government of "not being serious" in bringing a strong Lokpal and said the ruling dispensation consists of "cunning" persons and a Home Minister who was "mischievous".

Seventy-four-year-old Hazare, who ended his hunger strike in Delhi on August 28, urged the people to give "repeated shocks" to the government to end corruption at all levels.

"We have to give such repeated shocks to ensure there is a corruption-free India," Hazare said in an obvious reference to his agitation which forced the government to agree to some of his key demands.

Hazare, who flew to his home turf on Wednesday after recuperating in a hospital near Delhi for a few days, was welcomed by a huge gathering.

"This government consists of a mob of labaad' (cunning) people. They did not allow me to fast and issued prohibitory orders at all the maidans in Delhi. When they gave permission for the J P Park, there were a lot of pre-conditions," Hazare told the gram sabha of his village at a public felicitation.

The success of his recent agitation, he said, proved that the government had to bow down to people's wishes.

Hazare urged the people, especially the youth not to allow the torch of second "battle of independence" to be extinguished.

"After 64 years of independence from the British rule, nothing has changed in this country. The whites have been replaced by black. Loot, corruption and terrorism is rampant. What have we achieved?" he asked.

He also took a swipe at the government for the income tax (I-T) notice to his team member and former IRS officer Arvind Kejriwal, accusing it of playing a dirty game.

Calling upon youth of the nation - whom he called the rashtrashakti - to lead the fight against corruption, Hazare said they must build up their character. Mere wearing Anna caps won't make them into a Hazare, the Gandhian, who was speaking in Marathi, said.


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