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Updated: January 9, 2012 02:57 IST

My fight against corruption will continue once I get better: Hazare

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Anna Hazare being examined by a doctor at a hospital in Pune on Saturday. The social activist was discharged on Sunday morning.
PTI Anna Hazare being examined by a doctor at a hospital in Pune on Saturday. The social activist was discharged on Sunday morning.

He will not be undertaking anti-Congress poll campaign as he has been advised rest

Amid talk of the Jan Lokpal movement being directionless, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare on Sunday said he would not be undertaking a tour to campaign against the Congress in the five poll-bound States because of his poor health.

Addressing reporters after being discharged from Pune's Sancheti Hospital, Mr. Hazare reiterated, however, that his fight against corruption would continue.

“I will not be going on the tour of the five States, as doctors have advised me against it,” he said.

The development could be a setback to the anti-corruption movement, even as the core committee of Team Anna is meeting in New Delhi over the weekend to chalk out the future strategy.

Asked about the future of the movement after Parliament failed to pass the Bill in the recently concluded winter session, Mr. Hazare said: “It is not a fight that lasts just a couple of months; it will go on for years. I have been fighting against corruption for 25 years. The struggle will continue once I get better.”

Mr. Hazare said, “I am feeling all right now but I am still feeling weak. The doctors have advised me rest for a month.” He was admitted to the hospital on December 31 and was treated for chest congestion and weakness. He left for his village Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar district immediately after being discharged.

He had earlier promised that he would campaign against the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur if the party failed to bring in a strong Lokpal Bill. The States are facing Assembly polls from January 28 to March 3. After abruptly ending a scheduled three-day fast in two days in Mumbai last month, and cancelling his plan to stage a dharna and jail bharo andolan in front of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi's house, this is the third agitation for a strong Lokpal Bill that stands cancelled.

Asked if he would consider changing his team after charges of corruption were levelled against several members, he refused to comment and said: “I was not in touch with the outside world for 10 days.”

Meanwhile, Parag Sancheti, who has been treating Mr. Hazare reiterated on Sunday that the activist should not undertake any more fasts. “He is 74 and his body is undergoing metabolic changes. If he fasts any more, there is a chance that the proteins in the body would be depleted. This could cause irreversible damage to his health. So I have strictly advised him not to go on fasts anymore,” the doctor told The Hindu.

Asked if the activist would heed the advice, Dr. Sancheti said: “Anna ji is adamant as we all know. We will have to see what he decides.”

Mr. Hazare would be given antibiotics and Vitamin D, and be under observation for the next one month, he said.

Many individuals are fighting corruption in India at their level.It will be helpful for them ,if,a social networking be arranged to spread the details of those facts.

from:  A. K. CHARIT
Posted on: Jan 27, 2012 at 16:12 IST

Dear Annaji,
Lokpal bill was pending since last 42 years. Whatever little progress we have made on lokpal bill is because of you and your movement. You have started a movement now it is up to the people of India to decide to take it forward or let it die down.

from:  Manish
Posted on: Jan 11, 2012 at 20:58 IST

This is the high time to engage with the Govt on the final modifications on the draft as per amendments in the RAJYA SABHA. Let this bill be brought in the Budget session after taking into account the inputs of Anna's team.Three areas must not be compromised for a strong lokpal: 1. Inclusion of Lokyakta in the states - even BJP is trying to avoid this now - no point in having a Lokpal applicable to only centre 2. Constitutional status of the Bill eg Election commission 3. Some acceptable changes in CBI's inclusion in Lokpal

from:  UKC
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 15:15 IST

The campaign against corruption captured the imagination of people in general. We believe that a movement against corruption is a long drawn battle and we have to be in it for the long haul. You will also appreciate that corruption is not the monopoly of any single party. Every mainstream political party worth its salt – irrespective of ideology, region, socio-political constituency – acts like its peers once in power. Therefore I sincerely believe that with the present strategy of targeting Congress and doing everything to defeat it will prove to be short-sighted and counter productive in the medium and long run. I strongly feel that this is time to not just expose the anti-people politics of Congress but to expose anti-people politics of all the anti-people political parties. That, we think is the way to deepen the movement and make it more durable. We firmly believe that we should not be carried away by the politics of 'Lesser Evil’.

from:  Rohit Prajapati
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 12:44 IST

We pray to all gods to make Anna Hazare to regain his health and become strong to continue his agitation and fight against Corruption, the first being the congress and all other parties

from:  Chakradhar
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 12:01 IST

Hats of to this man....really an old man like him, having so much energy and enthusiam to fight for his countrymen....whoever is saying whatever, but this kind of people are the true INDIANS....I stronly believe that people like Annaji will be the main pillars for India to become a TRUE SUPER POWER....He has been attacked left & right by Congress, Lalu, and all other so callled secular parties, but he was firm on the his demands and he was able to unite the country on this issue of corruption.....We AAM admi should support this man, and not question what his team mates are doing or what they have done! Everyone has some weak points, which they have done in some phase of their life, but if that person wants to fight corruption, they our great MPs, MLAs (with lots of proven criminal records) will question this team's agenda!!! Really ashamed of these kinds of hypocrite MPs and MLAs............

from:  animesh
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 11:24 IST

Anna ji's fight is in different context from the circumstances of pre-independence. Therefore, the Gandhian way would have to certainly be modified and practiced in the changed circumstances. And that's what Shri Anna ji is doing. Pressurising a democratically elected government in public interest can not be called hijacking of the democratic institutions, at least in the scenario where almost all parties are rejecting the institution of Lokpal for their vested interest.

from:  Mohit Agarwal, Rudrapur
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 10:38 IST

He is fighting against corruption from last thirty years. more than twenty time he did fast.What he achieved taking so much trouble?Is corruption have diminish 1 p.c.also?Why not Anna go deep and find out why corruption is so compendious and universal all over the India?I think it is better we must find out real cause of corruption scientifically than we can attack it on appropriate point and may reduce it.

from:  Ramesh Raghuvanshi
Posted on: Jan 10, 2012 at 00:43 IST

Team Anna, you are being trapped by the politically sponsered media. we the common people get excited fast & often miss the climax. In order to build the pressure again, we will have to reach out to the people ( the poorest of the poor & the uneducated class )make those people join the movement. Second, all your answers to the media must end up with A question? Third, be polite, neutral of all the parties & treat them as a political class. Forth, stick to the agenda of corruption only. Finally, we must carry out rallies during this election time & enlighten the people specially the younger class, give them strength to join this movement against corruption. This will help us winning their confidence again & find the young Leaders in them & motivate them to join this Libral Group. You need Young Leaders to counter these rotten eggs.

from:  Dupinder
Posted on: Jan 9, 2012 at 18:02 IST

Dear Annaji, People thank you and acknowledge your contribution towards fighting corruption. However, fight against corruption is not one man fight. We can dissent or express our opinion but let us not hijack our democratic Govt. by going through undemocratic means: fast unto death. I didn't fully agree with your Jan Lokpal Bill, what if i adopt your method until you withheld the demand? Let's learn to accommodate,compromise or integrate other's view and opinion too. Learning to retire gracefully and not clinging to lime light is what we need most irrespective of whether we are politicians,sportman, film stars, or social workers!

from:  Shimray
Posted on: Jan 9, 2012 at 12:29 IST

Anna Hazare the Nemesis of the corrupt. Long live Anna Hazare. corrupt donot have guts to discuss the Jan lokpal bill.Instead are trying to are trying to attack the persona.They are the real enemies of the Country. Anna 'Meri umar tomahe lage'.

from:  San
Posted on: Jan 9, 2012 at 12:19 IST

Dear anna first of all my best wishes for your fight against corruption . They congress party did more and more corruption in our country . we always with you .

from:  balamurugan s
Posted on: Jan 9, 2012 at 11:42 IST

We need you Hazzare ji...Take care

from:  Ganapathy
Posted on: Jan 9, 2012 at 10:24 IST

Annaji should abide the instructions given by the doctor. We want him for the everlasting fight against corruption that will happen in India.

from:  Vismaya.R.Vinod.
Posted on: Jan 8, 2012 at 21:26 IST

I suspect that Hazare is conveniently making use of his health status
to avoid losing face were he to campaign against the Congress at these
elections.The last by-election in Harayana was won by the Congress
when all the loudest noises were being made by him about it being the
root of corruption. The poor Mumbai turn out where they expected lakhs
and only a few thousands turned up must have been an eye opener for
Hazare and his supporters. I also suspect Hazare is lying when he says
he knows nothing about the new revelations regarding Shanthi Bhushan.
That he was unaware is unlikely considering that the man could blame
Rahul Gandhi on the basis of clairvoyance for the unpalatable sections
of the Government Lok Pal bill.

from:  George Kurian
Posted on: Jan 8, 2012 at 19:07 IST

Dear Anna, i am totally agree with you and also support your movement against corrption but this should not be agaist only one Party like Congress, it should be agaisnt each party. BJP is not a good party, see what they did in UP after inducting Khushwa in their Party. Advandi did Rath yatra, and in backend they acceepted currptted politician into their party.

from:  Aditya
Posted on: Jan 8, 2012 at 18:21 IST

Long hands of politicians reached to Hazare after all.Much a do for nothing.Life goes on India.What sickness.They could have eliminated Hazare.So many Hazare came and gone in India.Life goes on with no memory.

from:  Ashok
Posted on: Jan 8, 2012 at 17:51 IST

Anna is made scapgoat by Kejriwal and Kiran for their personal benifit. Anna should have more polite while charging the Government or the political parties. Kejriwal and Kiran were dictat to Goverment and were not having any respect for the constitution or parliament system. However, people of India are aware that the corruption will not be vanished if Lokpal bill enacted. Same people and same citizen remain in the society.

from:  Ibrahim Hussain
Posted on: Jan 8, 2012 at 17:24 IST

Dear Annaji, I wish you a healthy and quick recovery. The Nation needs you as soon as possible. The light you have lit for corruption will take a form of forest fire and burn all the corrupt people in the country.

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Jan 8, 2012 at 14:56 IST
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