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Anna to fast, says second fight for independence has started

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Siddhi: Ahead of his day-long fast for a strong Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare on Saturday launched a vitriolic attack on the government, charging that it was “intoxicated” by power and said the “second fight for independence” has started which will go on till corruption is eradicated.

Before leaving for Delhi where he will hold the fast tomorrow, Hazare said, “So many martyrs lost their lives for our independence but even today we cannot experience independence.

Who got independent. What independence. Corruption, loot is still here. Only ‘goras’ left and ‘kalas’ came in, that is the only difference.” “So the second fight for independence has started, it is a long fight, till corruption gets eradicated, it will go on. Many people will have to got to jail again, be lathi-charged, some will have to sacrifice, that time is here now. Till we sacrifice, we won’t get the right independence,” Hazare told reporters here.

Keenly observed by government and people, the activist will sit at Jantar Mantar, the protest hotspot in the national capital, the whole day along with his supporters demanding a strong anti-corruption law. Hitting out at the government, Hazare said,

“This government is intoxicated by power and money. It cannot see anything else. They have forgotten the sacrifices by the likes of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru. Like a drunk man becomes unconscious, similarly the government is unconscious. “It is our job to get them into their senses. This in only a day-long agitation, after December 27, it will be a long agitation. Today that you all are here, I am energised,” he said. This will be Hazare’s second protest at Jantar Mantar on the issue, the first being the hugely successful five-day fast from April five which forced the government to set up a joint committee of government and activists to draft Lokpal Bill. Team Anna and police expect a large turn out at the venue and adequate police personnel are being deployed at the spot. Some of Hazare’s detractors are also planning to stage protest at the same site and raise questions to him but have not received the permission for any demonstration. Hazare has raised the decibel on the issue, bringing Rahul Gandhi under the line of fire and repeating that it was the Congress scion who was behind the watered-down proposals of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal. (PTI)

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