Updated: September 7, 2011 21:53 IST

Government planned to crush my agitation: Hazare

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This September 2, 2011 photo shows Anna Hazare addressing the “gram sabha” at his village Ralegan Siddhi.
This September 2, 2011 photo shows Anna Hazare addressing the “gram sabha” at his village Ralegan Siddhi.

Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday said the Union government had planned to crush his agitation, by putting him under house arrest in his village Ralegan Siddhi, right after he came out of Tihar Jail.

Mr. Hazare said the Centre had also kept an Air Force plane ready at the Delhi airport.

Addressing visitors in Ralegan Siddhi, Mr. Hazare said: “The idea was to airlift me from Delhi airport, where an Air Force flight was waiting, to Pune. From Pune, they would send me to Ralegan Siddhi, where I would not have been allowed to go anywhere.” He called the government's plan a part of a “betrayal.”

The Delhi Police had arrested Mr. Hazare on August 16, hours before his slated hunger strike for the Jan Lokpal Bill at the JP Park. Within hours, the police withdrew the charges against Mr. Hazare, who however refused to leave the jail premises demanding unconditional permission to fast on the Ramlila grounds.

The activist earlier alleged that his arrest was planned at the Home Ministry level, even as the government denied the charge.

Commenting on Parliament members allegedly taking money for vote during the confidence motion, Mr. Hazare said they should be “hanged.” “If anyone in the Assembly or Parliament takes money for asking questions or casting votes, there should be stringent punishment for them. In fact I feel they should be hanged.”

Mr. Hazare refuted charges levelled by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh that Mr. Hazare was a “mask for the RSS.”

Mr. Singh said in Jammu that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party used Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare as their mask, to divert people's attention from the arrests of RSS activists in terrorism and corruption cases.

Reacting to Mr. Singh's comments, Mr. Hazare said, “Those who are making allegations should first produce evidence.”

There's been a lot of clamoring that India is a democracy, etc. How is it so, when it cannot even set one party (despite being the one that has been in power pretty much all its years as an independent Republic) on that true course internally? It is that same mentality that comes in the way when dealing with governance or 'agitation', be it about corruption or anti-'anything', or for that matter about any national good that is a goal of any good governance. It's been 'goonda' regimes all along.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Sep 8, 2011 at 02:13 IST

Reply to AM, wait for 2 more years and another scam of Rs. 1760000000000 ??, it took me a few seconds to put the right no of 0's in front of 176 ... imagine the actual scale of corruption in India and then put the 0's in front of it .. no time to wait now .. if there is less corruption and better management of the taxes .. then we all will have to pay less tax .. even with paying the same tax .. we can have better health care .. better care for poor and needy .. it all is going to start with less corruption ..

from:  kc
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 12:42 IST

Request Annaji to keep this momentum by time and again reminding the people of the status of Lokpal Bill, only then the electorate will remember whether Parliament is sincere or not in fulfilling its responsibility, if Annaji sleeps we are all going to sleep like we slept for 65years and our famous Parliamentarians will be snoring forever.

from:  xavier surender
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 12:34 IST

The parliamentarians should be hanged? Ok, I think the guy has officially gone senile. Mr. Hazare, I appreciate your efforts. You have actually brought the issue of corruption to the forefront. But I think you should take a backseat now. I am really glad that your anti-graft movement has brought about an energy among the people of India. The public now demands better governance. But I am sorry to say that your methods, and foolhardy demands, and allegations will only give the anti-corruption movement a tint of childishness.

from:  Eapen Alexander
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 10:22 IST

People have to be educated, led, and asked to make change of guard only by vote and not by shout. Will he wait for the appropriate moment and act when time comes or just fret on weekly basis impatiently.Why not he mobilise the masses who some how suddenly supported him till next elections, then can elect representatives of their choice.

from:  A M Hussain
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 08:41 IST

The govt is still working on colonial mode to suppress the people's voice. We are now sovereign and democratic and therefore people's voice must be heard and acted upon.

from:  S S Prasad Yadav
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 07:13 IST

Mr.Hazard should be happy that the tax layers money is spent instead of leaving to his own resources. Further, he should realize that without this arrangement, his security would be more riskier and the govt had done what any sensible person would understand. He should stop seeing ghost and conspiracy in everything what the govt is doing and get on with his task of performing his duties in his heimat.

from:  R.Sundar Raman
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 06:14 IST

Crores of people like me are with Anna.

from:  Truth Alone Triumphs
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 05:58 IST

The Congress Government or its spokepersons should gracefully accept the facts instead of blaming or trying to connect RSS, BJP or any other party. It is a movement against corruption which is supported by general public. There is no problem even if there was indirect support from any corner.

from:  Gnanam
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 04:26 IST

Anna Hazare should come out on Gujarat Lokayuktha issue.The Governor has done what the team has been demanding for.Unfortunately none of the official who farmed a team for abolition of curruption thro Lokpal@ LokAyuktha has commented so far.Now they should ask every Governor to do what Gujarat Governor has done.

from:  govi
Posted on: Sep 7, 2011 at 02:15 IST
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