Only deferred my fast, protest goes on: Anna Hazare

Anna Hazare
New Delhi, Aug 29: Minutes after anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare ended his fast on Sunday, he declared that electoral reforms will be on top of his agenda next so that corruption can come down. "I have only deferred my fast, not given it up. Only when these reforms are complete will I really end my fast. I will not rest until all the changes that I look to are achieved," he said to thunderous applause from thousands of his supporters waving tricolour and shouting slogans like 'Anna Hazare Zindabad'.

Hazare broke his 13-days long fast on Sunday morning after Parliament adopted the Sense of the House resolution on the three key demands made by him.

Dismissing the charge that his campaign was against Parliament and Constitution, he said the change has to be through constitutional means.

Hazare said that his fight would now be for Right to recall and Right to reject as part of electoral reforms so that corruption can be reduced.

"While Right to recall would be for those elected, the Right to reject will be a column in the ballot paper which would ensure the voter has a right to say that he does not like the listed candidates.
"We have to reform electoral system. (we need) Right to reject. You should be able to reject your candidate in the ballot paper. We have to do that."

"If the majority in a constituency says that they reject a candidate, even then the election should be cancelled. How much money they (candidates) will distribute? Once the candidate spends Rs 10 crore for one election and if the election is cancelled, then right sense will dawn upon them," he said.

Maintaining that people's parliament is bigger than "Parliament in Delhi", Hazare said that is why Parliament had to listen to people's parliament.

"This movement has created a faith that the country can be rid of corruption and we can go ahead with implementing laws and the Constitution made by Dr BR Ambedkar," he said.

Referring to Parliament's decision to refer three of his demands, citizen's charter, inclusion of lower bureaucracy and creation of Lokayuktas through Lokpal bill for Standing Committee's consideration, he said, the country can be proud of this moment. Thirteen days of agitation has yielded fruits.

Meanwhile, Team Anna said that it hopes that the Government will convene a special session of Parliament to pass the Lokpal Bill in a month's time. "We hope that the government convenes a special session of Parliament within a month's time to pass Lokpal Bill," Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan said.

Flanked by his team members, including Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia, Hazare said what has been achieved in Parliament on Saturday is a victory of the people of India, democracy and those assembled in Ramlila Ground.


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