New Delhi: The venue of social activist Anna Hazare’s protest is the same iconic Ramlila Maidan, where he sat on a hunger strike in 2011 demanding that then government set up a Lokpal to investigate cases of corruption.
The venue of social activist Anna Hazare’s protest is the same iconic Ramlila Maidan, where he sat on a hunger strike in 2011 demanding that then government set up a Lokpal to investigate cases of corruption. (PTI File Photo)
Social activist Anna Hazare on Friday started an indefinite hunger strike to press for his demand to appoint a Lokpal at the Centre, nearly seven years after his anti-corruption movement caught the imagination of millions of Indians and shook the then UPA government. He sat on hunger strike at the iconic Ramlila Maidan, the same venue of his protest in 2011.
However, this time, his target is expected to be the Narendra Modi-led government. Hazare has been pressing for setting up of the Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states, besides implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report, which has suggested ways to address the agrarian distress.
Hazare previously has accused the Union government of not appointing the Lokpal to investigate the cases of corruption, despite having a law in place.
The day, March 23, has been chosen on purpose as Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged to death on this day by the British, an aide said.
Government initiates dialogue with Hazare ahead of Delhi protest
A core committee meeting of Hazare’s trusted aides and representatives of farmers’ organisations took place at the New Maharashtra Sadan on Thursday.
Hazare on Thursday took a round of the Ramlila Maidan, where the organisers claimed that thousands of people will attend the protest.
The 2011 anti-graft agitation by Hazare, which aimed at the increasing corruption cases that had surfaced during the UPA rule, had received the support of millions of people across the country.
Some of the main organisers behind that anti-corruption movement later formed the Aam Aadmi Party, which now governs Delhi. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was one of Hazare’s key aides.
The Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory warning commuters to avoid taking routes towards Aruna Asaf Ali Road,