I Am disappointed with Modi govt | Anna Hazare at a news conference in Belgaum


Published: 06/01/2018

by www.belgaumonline.com


Activist Anna Hazare said he was disappointed with the behaviour of prime minister Narendra Modi, and the performance of his government in the last three-and-a-half years.
Anna said he wrote 22 letters to Modi, regarding farmer-related problems, and 10 regarding the Jan Lokpal, but did not get a single reply from him. "Since I am a fakir type of person, the Prime Minister's ego might have stopped him from replying to me," he said, at a news conference at cantonment board guest-house, here on Friday.

"I have written a letter to the Prime Minister and finance minister, seeking a place in New Delhi to hold an indefinite hunger strike from March 23rd, but did not get any reply from him so far. I will keep corresponding with the government. I am ready to hold an agitation in jail on Martyrs' Day ( March 23rd), if permission is not given, to hold a protest," the 80-year-old cautioned.

Hazare blamed the Modi government for weakening the Jan Lokpal law, by excluding the provisions making it mandatory for government officials to disclose the assets of their wives and children, along with their own assets, annually. "It's the need of the hour to prevent corruption in the bureaucracy," he said.

He said the Jan Lokpal Bill draft included the clause of a Lokayukta in every state, but it was not implemented. "There is no Lokayukta in Gujarat. Narendra Modi appealed in the high court, opposing a Lokayukta, when he was the Gujarat chief minister. He even appealed on the issue in the Supreme Court, after facing a set-back in the high court. He is now talking about eradicating corruption. Big advertisements are being given about eradicating corruption. There is mismatch in preaching and following what is preached," he said. He said it's unfortunate that the recent Forbes survey report says India is in the first place in corruption in Asia.

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Source : TH