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Patna: Anna Hazare's 'jantrantra' rally from today

IANS  Patna, January 30, 2013
First Published: 09:25 IST(30/1/2013) | Last Updated: 09:32 IST(30/1/2013)

Social activist Anna Hazare will launch his nation wide anti-corruption rally from Patna's Gandhi Maidan on Wednesday.

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In a bid to send a political message, activist Anna Hazare stayed at legendary socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan's house in the Patna ahead of his 'Jantantra' rally on Wednesday, an official said.

Last year Anna Hazare announced to hold a rally in Patna, the birthplace of legendary socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan, popularly known as JP.

Patna has been chosen by Hazare to follow the legacy of JP's anti-graft movement.

A political crusader, JP led a people's movement against Indira Gandhi's Emergency rule in the 1970s and orchestrated the end of the Congress party's dominance in Indian polity.

Beginning in Bihar, JP's movement spread all over India and resulted in the first non-Congress coalition taking office at the centre in 1977, ousting the Congress for the first time since Independence.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to Anna Hazare assuring him of passage of lokpal bill in the parliament. But unimprerssed Anna Hazare accused the Congress-led UPA government of cheating him and people.

"The central government has been cheating us over the issue (passing the Lokpal Bill)," Hazare said.

In reference to Sonia Gandhi's letter to him in which she promised that the Lokpal Bill will be passed in coming session of parliament, Hazare said that there was nothing new in the letter.

"I have been assured through letters for last two years that Lokpal Bill will be passed soon but it is yet to pass," he said.

Hazare claimed that the government had no intention of ending corruption. "The government's intention is not clear on this issue," he said.

Hazare was welcomed by hundreds of his supporters at the airport Tuesday when he arrived ahead of his 'Jantantra' rally on Wednesday.

Hazare, who is staying at legendary socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan's house here, said that Patna has been chosen to follow the legacy of JP's (as Narayan was popularly known) anti-corruption movement and to fulfill his dream of total revolution.

He announced that after the Patna rally, he will visit four other states in February and other states from March to create awareness among people and to unite them for change in the system in the country.

Hazare asserted that he will continue his fight for changing the system till he is alive.


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