Social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday claimed that he was receiving threatening calls from abroad, especially from Canada, for his opposition to the land acquisition Bill proposed by the Centre.
Anna, who was here to attend a function organised by a newspaper group, said his office had recently received a threatening letter from Canada. “The letter claimed that I would be assassinated the way Mahatma Gandhi had been in case I continued to take a pro-farmer stand. Usually, I receive such threats from inside the country, but this was the first such attempt from abroad. We have handed over the letter to Maharashtra Police. The letter claims that they are prepared to attack me,” Anna told the gathering.
Later, while talking to reporters, Anna claimed that he didn’t fear anyone while opposing social issues. “I don’t even need the security cover allotted to me. I have repeatedly written to the Maharashtra government, requesting it to take back my security, but to no effect,” the Gandhian said.
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat programme in which he had claimed that a few people were opposing the bill just for the sake of opposing it, Anna said the PM had no option. “The BJP is dong politics on the issue, not us. In 2013, when the previous bill on land acquisition was passed by the UPA, the BJP had supported it in Parliament. Could they please tell the public why they didn’t oppose it then if they thought the bill was not right,” Anna said.
The activist also took potshots at the BJP government’s ‘achhe din’ slogan. Only industrialists had felt the achhe din, not the poor and downtrodden, he said.
On the recent move by various political parties, especially by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, of announcing support to Anna for the demonstration against the land bill, the activist said, “What the Congress and Sonia are saying is sheer politics. Even today, the DMK extended support to us. It’s funny as previously they had denied us the support when we had written to all political parties.”
On Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Anna said his case was just like any other politician who lost his mental balance after assuming power.