Accusing members of a charitable trust of hijacking his Jantantra Yatra,social activist and anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare today said that some people were using his name to wrongfully collect donations. During a press meet here,Hazare questioned the credentials of Sarv Seva Sangh,a charitable trust in Varanasi,and accused its members of printing receipts and receiving donations in his name. “Some people have printed receipts and are collecting donations on my behalf without taking my permission. Whoever is printing the receipts… should have taken my permission first. That is not right,” Hazare said.
However,miffed at the allegations,members of the trust said,”How can Anna claim to be unaware of our organisation when he has visited us several times earlier.” Reacting to the incident,in-charge of the trust in Varanasi,Ram Dheeraj Bhai,said that Hazare was being misled by his associates. Meanwhile,at the press meet,Hazare said he would launch a fresh agitation at the Ramlila grounds in New Delhi for the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill in the winter session of Parliament. “The government has cheated the nation. Even after two years,it failed to draft a Jan Lokpal Bill acceptable to the people,” Hazare said.
Asked whether he would participate in a India Day Parade in New York on August 18,Hazare said he had given his consent regarding the same. Hazare has been invited to take part in the annual Indian Independence Day parade organised by the Federation of Indian Associations’ New York and New Jersey chapters.