Activist Anna Hazare, who was scheduled to launch his agitation against the Cntre’s Narendra Modi government, has withdrawn his decision. This was after a minister from the the BJP-led government of Maharashtra met him in his village in Ralegan Siddhi with ‘written promises from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Hazare, who was expected to sit on a hunger strike beginning today over demand for appointment of Lokpal and welfare measures for farmers, cancelled his decision after Minister Girish Mahajn held talks with him.
The latest decision by Hazare will further anger his critics, who have long accused him an RSS stooge. He had led a countrywide agitation against the Congress government on the issue of Lokpal in 2011. That agitation led to the ouster of the Congress-led UPA government, paving the way for the BJP’s phenomenal rise to power in 2014.
Hazare has maintained a quiet life since Modi became the prime minister and has been accused of making sporadic noises on corruption allegedly to stay relevant in news. Hazare had also written a letter to Modi about his plan to sit on hunger strike, claiming that the BJP-led government at the Centre came to power because of the Lokpal agitation.
In his letter to the prime minister, Mr Hazare alleged that in the last four years the government kept dilly-dallying and did not appoint the Lokpal and Lokayuktas.
Contrary to his scathing criticism for the previous Congress government, Hazare has been very careful with his words and tone used for Modi. In his letter, he only alleged that the prime minister did not fulfill the ‘written assurances’ given to him when he ended his recent hunger strike on the issue at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan in March this year, reported PTI.