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‘Rahul, Modi not suitable for PM post’

india Updated: Jul 09, 2013 10:55 IST
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Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Monday said neither the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi nor Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi are suitable for the post of prime minister.

Responding to a query over prime ministerial candidate, Hazare, who was in the city on his ‘Janatantra Yatra’, said, “I want a provision for direct election for the post of the President and Prime Minister and not the political partybased selection.”

Stating that the political parties have ‘encroached upon the democracy’, the social activist said, “The Constitution does not give permission for political party or group-based democracy.”

About his ‘Jantantra Yatra’, Hazare said the movement was ‘ non- political’ and ‘ to awake the masses’ and hoped it would take another few years to change the mindset of the public.

The anti-corruption crusader distinguished his ‘Jantantra Yatra’ with that of campaigns undertaken by the Congress and the BJP. “Mine is to awake the masses against corruption and not to fetch votes like them,” he said.

Was the UPA government’s ordinance on food security aimed to counter his movement against corruption? “The ordinance is an election stunt and to deviate attention of the public,” Hazare replied, adding that the Cabinet is not above the parliament and the bill should have been passed in the parliament as per the constitutional provisions.

Over paying salary to the sarpanch of village panchayats, the social activist said there was no need to give them salary as it was being paid from the public money.

Instead, he said, the sarpanchs Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare will be in Bhopal on Thursday.

This would be his first visit to the city.

In the fourth round of his Jantantra Yatra, he will be addressing his followers at Gandhi Bhawan here at 5pm on Thursday. He will also participate in various programmes in Bhopal.

A meeting was also held on Monday by the supporters of Hazare in order to discuss the preparations to be done to welcome Hazare. should work voluntarily for the public.

The social activist will launch a fresh agitation at Ramlila ground in Delhi on August 16, demanding Jan Lokpal bill. Reiterating that the Jan Lokpal will put a break on corruption, he said, “If the draft suggested by me is adopted, it will enable to curb 60-65% corruption in the country.”

On the decline of morality of politicians, he said it was due to poor selection of candidates for the elections. Later, the anti- corruption crusader left for Seoni.