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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

ANNALILA: Fasting for Anna, barefoot farmer pulls cart 400 km to Mumbai!


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Mid-Day.com / ndtv.com / Updated: August 23, 2011 11:56 IST.


Mumbai:  For the Centre's crisis managers who have been writing off Anna Hazare's anti-graft movement as an uprising of the city-bred middle-class, here's refreshing news: rural India is standing by the corruption crusader and is ready to die for him.

A 32-year-old farmer, who has been fasting for seven days along with Anna, has shown the grit to travel barefoot from Anna's village all the way to Mumbai, with a cart in tow.

Vijay Balaso Jadhav, of Sangli district, started from Ralegan Siddhi on August 17 and reached the city on Sunday evening. He has covered a distance of around 400 km to express solidarity with the 74-year-old Gandhian.

On his way to Mumbai, Jadhav said he met hundreds of people at bus stops and railway stations and educated them on the Lokpal Bill, urging them to join the movement. Interestingly, a close look at the hand-pulled cart reveals a garlanded photo of Jadhav.

Asked why he adorned his own photo, he said, "I have come to fight the war against corruption and the enemy can do everything to kill us and crush our movement. So I have garlanded my own photo to send out a clear message that I am not afraid of death. I have already told my family to learn to live without me."



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