Social activist Anna Hazara will go on indefinite hunger strike on Friday. The strike will be held protesting against the issue of Lokpal Bill uplift nearly seven years ago for the anti-corruption movement by the Anna Hazare.
Earlier, the protest was done in 2011 asking for the Lokpal bill to be passed in the centre and Lokayuktas in the states, besides the Swaminathan Commission report, suggesting ways to address agrarian distress.
The protest will take at the same place it was done earlier in Ramlila Maidan in 2011 against the then led government.However, they were also asking for the Agriculture Price Commission on lines with the Election Commission and Niti Ayog.
Anna Hazare said, “you cancelled trains carrying protestor to Delhi, you want to push them to violence. police force deployed for me as well. I wrote in many letters that I don’t want police protection. Your protection won’t save me. This sly attitude of the government is not done”.
The day 23 March was chosen intentionally as it marked the Shaheed Diwas remembering the legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev who were hanged to death by the British.
A meeting was held on Thursday at the New Maharashtra Sadan with Hazare and other representatives including farmers’ organisations and other trusted aides.
The protest will include around 6,000 people from all across the country and will last till the Prime Minister’s government came with the confirmation to pass the Lokpal Bill.
Efforts were made by the Maharashtra irrigation Minister Girish Mahajan who met Hazare and tried to convince him to give up the fast, but no positive response was given to him.
An advisory was released by the traffic police to avoid the routes towards Delhi gate, Darya Ganj, New Delhi Railway Station, Aruna Asaf Ali Road, JLN Marg, Vivekanand Marg, Ajmeri Gate, ITO, Paharganj, Minto Road.