New Delhi: Gandhian Social Activist Anna Hazare ended his 19-day-long ‘maun vrat’, at Rajghat on Friday morning, by uttering the words ’Bharat Mata Ki Jai ’, after paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. By emphasising on following Uttarakhand model of Lokayukt and threatening to campaign against the political party at centre, he seemed to draw a clear political divide in his movement.
While addressing media here he said, “The vow of silence was not against any individual or any political party, but to regain energy. My struggle against corruption and for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill will continue and I am completely fit to resume the fight now”.
Adding more he said that the Government was trying to weaken his Jan Lokpal by bringing separate Bills, one for the citizens’ charter and another to protect whistle blowers.
Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said that Team Anna has presented 32 amendments to the Standing Committee on Thursday. Team Anna will answer the committee’s questions on Friday.
Team Anna has been surrounded by controversies with key members Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal facing allegations of misusing funds. Speaking on these allegations, Anna said, “Allegations are not new for us. There should be an inquiry and anyone who is held guilty, should be punished.”
It is note worthy to mention that 74 years old Anna, began his ‘maun vrat’ on October 16 at Relegan in Maharashtra for ‘atma shanti’ (peace of soul) and since then he was putting forward his views through writings.
While on his ‘maun vrat’ he had written a letter to the PM and had threatened the Government to begin another ‘Hunger Strike on the last day of the Session if the Government does not bring a strong Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of the Parliament beginning later this month.
Adding more he had said that he will not campaign against any political party. He would only ask people to vote for “honest and deserving candidates” in the five states going to poll in 2012.