Saturday, September 29, 2012

I will not undertake any more fasts: Hazare

Activist Anna Hazare has said that he will not resort to fasting any more to press for his demands and will fight for his causes through agitations.

"I will not undertake any fasts from now. In the future, I will fight for my causes through agitations," Hazare said on Friday night.

The anti-corruption crusader also said he will continue to work to send "clean" people to Parliament.

He said a large number of retired IAS officers had shown their willingness to join his movement for a corruption-free India.

Expressing faith in the country's youth, Hazare asked them not to be pessimistic about the future of the country.

In a veiled attack on his former close aide Arvind Kejriwal, Hazare said, "politics has split" the anti-corruption movement and the pro-party group has gone against his will.

The Gandhian activist also decried efforts to link him with some parties and "communal" outfits, in an apparent reference to allegations that he is closing ranks with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh through yoga guru Baba Ramdev to run the anti-corruption movement after the split with the Kejriwal-led group.

"Those who favour party have been saying that if Anna says, then they will not form a party. But despite that, they have decided to go ahead with the plan against my decision. Sometimes, it is also said they were forming the party because Anna has decided so. This is not right," he said.

In a new blog posting, the 75-year-old activist also said the movement was not divided in the past two years despite efforts by the UPA government. But, he added, it has now split even without the government putting in any effort as one group wanted to take the electoral route.

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