New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare announced on Sunday that he will launch
hunger strike from October 2 against the central government for the delay in the
appointment of Lokpal.
Hazare said, “I will go on a hunger strike from October 2, the birth anniversary of
Mahatma Gandhi, at my native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district of
Maharashtra.” He also appealed others to join his campaign for a corruption-free
Criticising the NDA government at the Centre, Hazare said, “there is a lack of will
in this government to curb corruption and hence it is giving a lot of reasons and
delaying the appointment of the Lokpal.”
Hazare, who had launched the campaign for a corruption-free India, had earlier
launched a 12-day hunger strike in 2011. He later launched a fast, which attained
mass support across the nation.
The apex court earlier this week also expressed dissatisfaction over the
government’s response on the appointment of search committee members for a Lokpal.
The apex court, in its last year’s verdict, had said there was no justification to
keep the enforcement of Lokpal Act suspended till the proposed amendments,
including on the issue of the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, were cleared by
The UPA government had passed the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament in January 2014.