Ralegan Siddhi: Utterly disappointed over Central Government turning a blind eye towards agitation launched by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, his supporters have decided to launch a collective self immolation stir in Ralegan Siddhi, the hometown of Hazare. From Thursday.
Hazare is on an indefinite hunger strike against the Narendra Modi-led Government over the long-pending Jan Lokpal and neglected agrarian distress. Hazare accused the government of trying to stall the agitation by cancelling Delhi-bound trains carrying protestors.
As part of long-drawn agitation, the supporters of Anna Hazare have decided not to allow entry of government officials and other government machinery in Ralegan Siddhi. The villagers have also banned entry of media. On Wednesday, the agitating villagers shooed away policemen camping in Ralegan Siddhi in view of Anna Hazare’s agitation in Delhi.
Notably, around seven years ago, the veteran social activist had launched an agitation, which caught the imagination of people across the country, demanding a Jan Lokpal from the then UPA Government at the Centre. The octogenarian, who recently had been critical of the Prime Minister Modi for not appointing Lokpal and failure to address farmers’ issues, has been pressing for constituting a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states.
Hazare had lamented that he had been trying to reach out to the BJP Government over the past three years to highlight the issues and written several letters in this regard, but to no avail forcing him to begin a fresh agitation.