Narendra Modi is not communal, Anna Hazare says

July 19, 2013 10:49 am 29 comments Views: 98654

INDORE: Anti-graft crusader and veteran social worker Anna Hazare on Wednesday said that there is no evidence of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi being communal. However, he said that he cannot support the BJP leader because he is associated with a political party.

Addressing media persons, here on Wednesday, he said, “The purpose of his ‘Jantantra yatra’ is to bring back democracy in its true spirit and force the government to introduce the Lokpal Bill”.

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Referring to the large number of scams involving the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, he said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has no right to continue in his post, and he should resign on moral grounds. “When the multi-crore coal scam took place, he (PM) was also holding the additional charge of the coal ministry,” said Hazare.

Castigating the political parties, he said the Parliament is full of “corrupt people and criminals”. He said Prime Minister should be elected directly by the people stating that people must elect only independent candidates.

Earlier talking to the media in Ujjain, he said our constitution states that people are the owners and government and public representatives play the role of servants, in practice the actual situation is reverse with people (voters) becoming servants and the elected representatives the masters.

He said corruption is the biggest menace and only a powerful Jan Lokpal Act could address it.

Recalling his earlier years, Hazare said he had decided to devote his whole life to serving society when he was just 26 and even refrained from marriage. I am able to pick up fights with the government as I lead an honest life, he said.

Former chief of the army staff general V K Singh who was accompanying Anna asked the people whether they have the enthusiasm to bring changes in country’s system.

Earlier, Hazare visited the Mahakal temple and offered puja.

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