Veteran Gandhiwadi leader of our time Anna Hazare began his hunger strike (fast-unto- death) at janter manter in New Delhi from yesterday 5th April 2011. The 72-year-old social activist wants a stronger Jan Lokpal Bill in place of Government’s Lokpal Bill which have softer provisions to the corrupt people. This Jan Lokpall Bill provides for stringent punishment for corruption. Jan Lokpall Bill is the need of the time and getting support from all the corners of the country. Thousands of people in small and big cities lent support by launching hunger strikes and taking out rallies.
Corruption is a big menace for our country and Government should hear this demand of the common people if want to clear his image which distarted due to recent cases of corruption. UPA is concerned about the fallout of Hazare’s fast and the kind of support he received in different parts of the country on the very first day of his protest action.
Anna Hazare’s demand is to form a joint committee comprising 50% officials and the remaining citizens and intellectuals to draft the Jan Lokpal Bill (Public Ombudsman Bill). Jan Lokpal Bill is the need of the hour to tackle corruption.
It looks like that people of India have get lessons from jasmine revolution of middle east. This is very positive sign to fight with corruption which is eating our progress. All the anti-corruption crusaders joined Anna Hazare, among them Right To Information (RTI) activist Arind Kejriwal, Swami Agnivesh, Magsaysay Award winners Kiran Bedi and Sandeep Pandey. Over 5,000 people assembled to support the veteran activist at Jantar Mantar, while supporters from over 400 cities and towns joined the campaign from their respective places.
Hazare is of the view that if the government alone drafts this bill, it will be autocratic, not democratic, there will be discrepancies.