Veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare, today launched a hunger strike over the “non-fulfilment” of a assurances by the Centre and the Maharashtra government on the appointment of Lokpal and passage of Lokayukta Act in the state, respectively.
In his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, two days ago, Hazare said that he would launch the agitaiton in his village Ralegan Siddi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, the Fadnavis Cabinet today decided to bring the office of Maharashtra Chief Minister under the jurisdiction of Lokayukta.
Maharashtra Minister Girish Mahajan, who has been acting as an emissary between the government and the activist, urged Hazare to cancel the agitation, claiming that almost all the demands made by the activist have been fulfilled.
Hazare, however, said he would not call off the agitation till the Lokayukta Act becomes a reality. The announcement by Hazare came a day after an eight-member search panel formed to select members of anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal, held its first meeting in Delhi, nearly four months after it was set up by the Modi government.
The committee, headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, is understood to have discussed modalities related to the appointments of the chief and members of Lokpal.