Gandhian Anna Hazare has invited army chief General VK Singh to join the movement against corruption after he retires on May 31.
“We will welcome the army chief in our movement against corruption if he joins us after his retirement,” Hazare said while responding to mediapersons’ queries in Chandrapur.
The activist is on a tour of Maharashtra to garner support for a stronger Lokayukta Bill.
Singh is considered an honest person, Hazare said. Recently, he had highlighted corruption within the army and had also prompted the government to act fast on modernising the army.
“I am personally not inclined to request anyone to join our agitation against corruption. But we have fought two wars, one against Pakistan and the other against Bangladesh during my service in the Army. Now we have to fight the enemy within us,” he said. “This fight is more important than those and if the General (Singh) joins us, we will welcome him.”
There are too many problems in the country now, Hazare said. “One Anna Hazare is not enough to solve them all. The country needs many Annas and righteous people have to come forward.”
“Anna’s invite to General VK is most appropriate. Imagine if ex-servicemen join Anna they can become a formidable voice against corruption,” Team Anna member Kiran Bedi tweeted on Sunday.