Public awareness on corruption and strong Lokpal and Lokayukta acts were the need of the hour, Anna Hazare said in Chandrapur on Saturday.
The anti-corruption crusader is currently touring Maharashtra to campaign for a strong Lokayukta Act in the state.
Talking to reporters, Hazare put emphasis on strong Lokpal and Lokayukta bills, and right to reject the candidate.
"Our country, which has adopted the democracy, has witnessed a sea change in the six decades after independence. Now it is money for power and power for money," Hazare said.
He lamented that Maharashtra, once a role model for other states, was now in a bad shape.
On Naxalism, Hazare said guns would not solve any problem.
He also alleged that government was not interested in resolving the issues through discussion.
"We are always ready for discussion on issues like Lokpal Bill, Gram Sabha, etc, but the government has been adamant."
The government seemed to be afraid of a "fakir" like him who had no wealth, no house of his own, Hazare said.
Later in the evening he took part in a motorbike rally before addressing a rally.