A month after shaking up India's political core, social activist Anna Hazare has now targeted the country's fringes – the Northeast – for his anti-graft crusade.
Along with co-activists Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal, Hazare arrived in Guwahati on Thursday evening to address a rally against corruption and push for a potent jan lokpal bill. Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a farmers' body, has organized the rally on Friday.
"Hazare will take part in a street march before addressing the public rally," said KMSS leader and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi. "The focus of the rally will be on value-based politics and a corruption-free Northeast."
The rally was scheduled for May 3 but had to be postponed owing to Hazare's illness.
The KMSS had been fighting its own 'war against corruption' before aligning with Hazare's mission. It organized a series of rallies across Assam in the run up to the assembly polls and asked people to reject 'corrupt' Congress. His appeals had few takers as the Congress won 78 seats in the 126-member assembly.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi had described Akhil Gogoi as a "political man in the garb of a social activist". He alleged that the RTI activist was selective in his "so-called" crusade against corruption as he had a "hidden political agenda".