Anna Hazare back to doing what he does best – Agitation

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Anna Hazare
Indian social activist Anna Hazare.Photo by Shailendra Pandey

After spending some time in the wilderness , Gandhian activist and social reformer Anna Hazare is back to doing what he does best – Agitation. he will soon be seen at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi where a two-day dharna is to take place on February 23 and 24 against the recent amendments made in the Land Acquisition Act. He had earlier warned the government of an agitation supported by 20,000 farmers urging the Union government to withdraw the amendments which he termed the “anti-farmer” land ordinance.

“The land ordinance is against the farmers. In an agriculturally dominated nation, when there is torture on farmers, then all the people should stand united. So we want that any opposition party, or be it Kejriwal, all the workers should work together to take this agitation forward,” Hazare said.

The veteran social activist had earlier said the congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi can join the agitation but would have to sit among the public and not on the stage. He added his former team member and loyalist Arivind Kejriwal may join the protest, but whether his constitutional post would be respected for him to be given space on the stage would be decided at a meeting.

“Arvind is now the CM. Not Arvind as a person but being a chief minister. Whether we have to respect his post or not that we will decide tomorrow. If everybody decides that Arvind should sit on the stage, then I don’t have any problem,” Hazare said.

Pointing on the BJP’s ‘Acche Din’ promises at Ramlila Maidan today, the 77-year-old anti-corruption activist asked, “Are the ‘Acche Din’ only for industrialists, not for common people?” He further added, “This is land grab by the government; Britishers used to do this.”

Meanwhile, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said BJP government is open to suggestions from all, including veteran social activist Anna Hazare on the bill. “Anna Hazare is a respectable person. If he has certain suggestions to make on the bill, the government has definitely talked about the fact that we want suggestions from all the sectors. His suggestions will definitely be given notice,” the spokesperson said.

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