A day ahead of his proposed fast, social activist Anna Hazare on Monday called for a revolution to "fight against the government and change the system". He also said he has faith in the country’s parliament but the government was not producing the correct version of the lokpal bill before it.
“We believe completely in the country’s parliament but the government is producing the flawed version of the bill before it,” said Hazare reacting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that the lokpal bill had been introduced in parliament.
Hazare further said that the fight for a stringent lokpal bill is fine, but there is a need for a revolution to change the prevalent system in the country.
"A revolution on a much larger scale is the need of the hour to fight against the government and change the system," he said.
“This is a fight for change and till the time our system doesn’t change we won’t progress. Even after 64 years there is corruption and scams, what is the use of this Independence? This freedom is not right,” said Hazare.
“The government is only concerned about power and money,” he added.
Hazare is scheduled to begin a hunger strike to press for a stronger Lokpal bill from Tuesday but has been denied permission by the Delhi Police to do so.
Hazare had earlier prayed at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial Rajghat for around 40 minutes amidst hundreds of supporters and media personnel.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech, without taking names, said that those who don't agree with the government’s bill can put forward their views to parliament, political parties and even the press.
"However, I also believe that they should not resort to hunger strikes and fasts unto death," Singh had said.