This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Social activist, Anna Hazare has said on Wednesday that he will advocate people in the five poll-bound states not to cast their votes if the government does not pass the Jan Lokpal bill in the winter session of Parliament.
“I will be questioning an appeal to the people not to cast their vote for the forthcoming legislative assembly elections to be held in five states, along with Uttar Pradesh, if the government does not pass the Jan Lokpal bill in Parliament’s winter assembly,” Hazare has posted on his blog.
He has stated that 64 years have passed sinceIndiagot freedom and since then, the Congress has been in power for most of the time. “After attaining independence, our country should have distorted into ‘Surajya’ (welfare state in true sense). Nothing of that sort happened,” he said.
Hazare has added that corruption has crossed all limits and not even 10 paisas of the one rupee spent on development reach the common man. He has told that it is essential that parliament passes strict anti-corruption laws. “Unfortunately, the ruling Congress party did not take any initiative. The present laws are not executed effectively or they do not wish to do so. This became clear when Jan Lokpal bill was not passed earlier. That is the reason I resorted to remonstration and later fasting and now I am forced to take a stand on elections,” he said.
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