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I will campaign to vote out UPA government: Anna

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare receiving a flower from a child at the Basava Krishi Award ceremony in Kudalasangama on Wednesday.

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare receiving a flower from a child at the Basava Krishi Award ceremony in Kudalasangama on Wednesday.  

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said here on Wednesday that he would launch a nationwide campaign against corruption from January 30. He was addressing a gathering after receiving the Basava Krishi Award given by the Lingayat Panchamasali Jagadguru Mahapeetha of Kudalasangama.

Mr. Hazare said considering that elections would be held in less than two years, he would travel across the country to spread awareness among the people against the actions of the Union government.







“The ruling United Progress Alliance government, led by the Congress, has cheated people by not implementing the Jan Lokpal Bill. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has failed in giving a strong anti-graft law. I will spend the next one-and-half years in preparing people to vote out this government,” he said.

The Gandhian said he would force the government to draft a strong Jan Lokpal Bill.

He said that in December, 2012, he trained 400 volunteers in his village to fight against corruption.

Regarding farmers, Mr. Hazare said owing to lack of unity and because of differences within the farmers’ organisations, this section was deprived of its rights. He said during his tour, he would strive to unite the farmers.

Accepting the award, Mr. Hazare said: “I accepted this award because I consider that this was given on behalf of the 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, whose ideals have influenced me to a great extent.”

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