Lokpal: Anna Hazare to go on fast from January 30

Miffed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reluctance in fulfilling his poll promise of appinting Lokpal, social activist Anna Hazare has announced that he would sit on a fast from January 30 at his village in Maharashtra from January 30.

He accused that the Modi government, was not listening to the decisions of the constitutional bodies over implementation of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 and was trying to take the country towards “dictatorship.” He recalled that in 2011 the entire country stood over appointing Lokpal and Lokayuktas in states after which the Lokpall Bill was passed.

Hazare said that Modi came to power in 2014 with a promise to appoint Lokpal, but five yaers have passed with out any positive action by the government. He lamented that Modi has been delaying in appointment citing some or other lame accuses. It is all ‘bahanebazi’ (excuses),” he added.

Hazare said he had written 32 letters to the Prime Minister but he was not getting any replies. “Hence I have decided to go on fast from January 30, Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary, in Ralegan Siddhi,” he said.

He deplored that the unfortunate thing is despite Parliament passing the law which is a constitutional body…Even Supreme Court had asked them to appoint at the earliest, but so far nothing happened. Lokpal Bill was passed by Parliament and signed by the President.

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