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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

LOK PAL BILL: Agitation not against any party - Hazare!


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PTI / The Hindu / MUMBAI, August 9, 2011.

Social activist Anna Hazare with his supporters during a march against government version of Lokpal bill introduced in Parliament for discussion, near Dadar railway station in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Social activist Anna Hazare with his supporters during a march against government version of Lokpal bill introduced in Parliament for discussion, near Dadar railway station in Mumbai on Tuesday - PTI.


The agitation to demand a strong Lokpal is not aimed against any individual or party, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday said.

“This agitation is not against any individual or party.

The common man is finding it impossible to live without encountering corruption. Corruption has increased and has led to inflation and price rise. Corruption is the root cause of inflation,” he said.

“Corruption may not end altogether but we can curb it by at least 80 to 90 per cent,” he said at a meet-the—press programme organised by Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sangh.

The Gandhian recalled that it was on August 9, when he went on a fast here to seek the Right to Information Act in Maharashtra.

“We think this fight against corruption is the second battle for independence. Lakhs of people sacrificed their lives to force British out of the country. But in last 65 years, there has been no change.

“Scams like 2G spectrum allocation scam and Suresh Kalmadi’s CWG scam were unearthed due to RTI Act. But that Act does not have the power to send culprits to jail. The Jan Lokpal bill has that power. That is why we have been asking the government to enact this legislation,” Hazare said.


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