From Jallianwala Bagh,Anna Hazare embarks on ‘second freedom struggle’

Giving a clarion call to the people to get ready for “a second freedom struggle to rid the nation of the corrupt politicians”,social activist Anna Hazare Sunday began his Jantantra Yatra (walk for democracy) from Jallianwala Bagh “to awaken at least 6 crore people” with his movement.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Updated: April 16, 2014 4:13:20 pm

Giving a clarion call to the people to get ready for “a second freedom struggle to rid the nation of the corrupt politicians”,social activist Anna Hazare Sunday began his Jantantra Yatra (walk for democracy) from Jallianwala Bagh “to awaken at least 6 crore people” with his movement.

“For me the Jantantra Yatra is the second freedom struggle to free the nation from corruption,corrupt politicians and other social evils,” Hazare said.

Speaking from atop a vehicle stationed outside the Jallianwala Bagh entrance,Hazare called on the masses to get ready for Jail Bharo Andolan to achieve the desired objectives of the movement.

“The nation today again demands sacrifices,” Hazare said,dwelling upon the need to usher in reforms to root out corruption and bar the entry of “Gunda” politicians facing criminal charges from the electoral fray.

While stating that in case even 6 crore people were awakened by his movement,it would help create a strong Jan Shakti (against the corrupt government),he made it clear that he and his activists have no future plans to contest Lok Sabha elections.

He made it clear that Jantantra Morcha would remain an apolitical outfit and will not support any particular political party. The timing of Jantantra Yatra,however,incidentally coincides with the run up to 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Earlier,accompanied by a small group of supporters,the 75-year-old activist paid obeisance at Durgiana Mandir,Golden Temple and Jallianwala Bagh before starting the Yatra. He was flanked by former Army Chief V K Singh and other Morcha activists.

Hazare said after five months a big Jan-Sansad (public rally) will be organised at Ramlila Ground in Delhi “which will seal the fate of this corrupt (UPA) government”.

The public rallies are being held to press 25-point agenda under the banner of ‘Janatantra Yatra’ to garner people’s support against the Congress-led UPA government ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha polls and make “people aware of its efforts to ditch the Jan Lokpal bill,” he said.

Hazare had floated ‘Janatantra Morcha’ after the protests on Lokpal Bill fizzled out and Team Anna split,with a faction led by Arvind Kejriwal forming a political party.

Earlier,responding to a query at the Golden Temple,Hazare attributed Operation Bluestar (to flush out terrorists holed inside the Sikh shrine,to “ignorance”.

“Golden Temple is the house of the God and the then Government of India took decision under the influence of ignorance,” he said.

On punishment to the perpetrators of 1984 anti-Sikh riots ,he said,“Bhagwan ke ghar der hai,andher nahin (God can delay things,but not deny).”

later addressing a rally at Rayya,Hazare talked about his connection with the state and said Punjab will always remain a source of inspiration for him.

Hazare said,here in Punjab,during the India-Pakistan war in 1965,he got a ‘second life’ as he had a narrow escape during a gun battle. During the war he was at Khemkaran border where Indian Army achieved victory in fierce tank battle,he said.

Hazare said that during the war his colleagues were killed and he was wounded “seriously” in air strike. “After surviving,I decided to dedicate my life for the wellbeing of the nation and not to marry,” Hazare said,adding that the motive of the Yatra was to infuse new spirit among the youth who could raise their voice against the “malpractice on the part of UPA Government”.

Meanwhile,former Army chief VK Singh,while addressing the rally,said during his tenure in the Indian Army he dealt with Punjabi people and experienced that they have great energy and can do the most difficult task in difficult circumstances.

Singh sought support from ex-armymen and people from each section of the society to bring changes for the betterment of nation.

Later,Hazare and Singh also visited Dera Baba Jaimal Singh to meet Radha Soami Sect chief Gurinder Singh Dhillon at Beas headquarters,about 45 km away from Amritsar. The leaders spent about one hour with the sect chief. Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma also met Hazare. Sharma later said the BJP would support every such person or movement which was against corruption. With PTI

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