Anna back in action; to begin Jantantra rally from Patna

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Anna Hazare
Patna, Jan 30: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare is back in action, and this time with renewed vigour. The septuagenarian Gandhian leader is all set to begin his nation-wide Jantantra rally from Patna on Wednesday, Jan 30. He will also launch a country-wide 'Vyawastha Parivartan' (change in system) programme.

Ahead of his rally, Anna told reporters he was happy to start his movement.

"I am glad that our movement is rejuvenated now. It was necessary to dispel all doubts over the movement. Our movement was never disrupted because of the split. Everybody wants to join our movement."

"Corruption and system overhaul will be our focus. We will further build up our movement. Our movement hasn't weakened, it will be even tougher. There is rampant corruption because the CBI is under government control. We had a five-hour long meeting to chart out the future," he said ahead of the rally.

In fact, the rally will be his first after Team Anna broke up with its former member Arvind Kejriwal, who has formally joined politics recently. Kejriwal has launched his party Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and is all set to contest elections.

Sharing his plans, Hazare said, "The first phase of my movement was against corruption. Apart from anti-graft , the second phase of my movement will now also focus on complete systematic change. We will take the cause of total revolution to its logical end."

He added that after launching the 'Vyawastha Parivartan' programme from Patna, he would also visit four states in February, whose names he did not divulge.

He would later travel through the country to make the people aware of his movement. Reacting to Sonia Gandhi's assurance on Lokpal Bill, Hazare said that such letters and assurances are coming for the past two years.

"Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier too written such letters to me promising to pass the Lokpal bill. (Their) intention is not clear ... They have been cheating people time and again ... If they had been honest, one or at best two parliamentary sessions would have been sufficient to do it (pass the Lokpal bill)," he said.

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