Anna Hazare to hold protest on 30 January, 2019

Anna Hazare

Mumbai, Dec 21: Social activist Anna Hazare will hold a protest demanding the appointment of Lokpal and Lokayuktas, on 30 January 2019.

The agitation is scheduled to take place at his village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra on 71st death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

On December 1, Hazare had warned of to launch a protest against the non-appointment of Lokpal, Lokayuktas despite repeated assurances by the government.

He had also written a letter to Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office (PMO) Jitendra Singh, accusing the ruling government of making excuses to avoid the appointment in the states.

“The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act was passed in 2013. People of the country were hopeful about the appointment of Lokpal and Lokayukta to arrest widespread corruption. However, there was a change of power and Narendra Modi government came to power. After Modi government came to power, we wrote thirty times to the government for appointment of Lokpal, Lokayuktas. However, Modi ji did not even send a reply,” reads the letter.

“Initially, Modi government said the Lokpal could not be appointed as there was no leader of the opposition. Later the government started saying since there was no imminent jurist in the selection committee. Therefore, Lokpal, Lokayuktas could not be appointed. Appointment of Lokpal kept getting postponed on some or the other excuse”.

“It has been my belief that it is fortunate to die for the country rather than dying out of heart attack. You and your government must complete the written assurances given on March 29, 2018, or else I would be starting my protest from January 30, 2019, from my village Ralegan Siddhi,” the social activist had said.


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