People Hold the Key to Change: Anna

People Hold the Key to Change: Anna
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare today threatened to return the Padma Bhushan conferred upon him, accusing the UPA of betraying the nation on the issue of Lokpal.

"This is an unpardonable betrayal of the nation...I don't want any awards from a government which does not act against corruption," Hazare said, addressing people at the parade ground in Dehradun on the conclusion of the first phase of his Jantantrik yatra.

He said despite two years after the resolution on Lokpal was passed in Parliament the anti-corruption institution was still an elusive dream.

Hazare asked the people to think of not only changing a government while voting in 2014 Lok Sabha polls but also changing the system.

"People should rise above self-centred thinking and expand the ambit of their thought to include the larger interest of the nation," he said.

Citing his own example, he said he had taken a pledge at the age of 26 to serve the nation and society and has lived up to that pledge to this day.

Exhorting people to work for the nation and society with an unflinching sense of commitment, he asked them to be alert and fight the system to build the society of their dreams.

Hazare also announced that the next phase of the Jantantrik yatra will begin on May 5 saying, "We will keep on fighting till the creation of corruption free society."

Earlier, addressing a public meeting at Roorkee as his yatra entered Uttarakhand, Hazare reminded people that they held the key to change.

"Every five years we think of a change of government but this time round (2014 general elections) we have to think of changing the system," he told a public meeting at Subhash Nagar ground in Roorkee.

Accompanied by former Army Chief Gen V K Singh, Hazare asked people to understand the value of their votes and take a vow not to elect corrupt people responsible for bringing the country to such a sorry pass when graft had hit an all-time high.

"You must take a pledge that this time you will not vote for corrupt people, plunderers and those who cannot curb rising prices," the social activist said.

"It is necessary to bring back black money stashed abroad but it is no less important to change the system where people are changing black money into white with impunity," he said.

"You hold the key to change," Hazare said reminding the people that they alone could bring about a major change in the country.

"Turn it a little when you go to cast your vote in the general elections this time and see what happens. Not only the system will change but also the nation as a whole."

Pitching strongly for the right to reject, Hazare said it would pave the way for eviction of non-performing people's representatives from power.

The former Army Chief asked the people to change their mindset if they were looking for a major change in the system.

"Change your thinking to change the country," he said.

Taking the Jantantra yatra to Bihargadh and Nagal areas of Saharanpur district, Hazare today said that the purpose of the yatra is to awaken people for the betterment of the nation.

"Lok Sabha is a sacred place and it is the responsibility of the people to elect the right representative to maintain its sanctity," he said.

The septuagenarian activist said that to create a better India, people must see to it that mafia, plunderers and corrupt politicians are not elected to the Lok Sabha.

"People must make the politicians realise the value of each vote. We must take responsibility for creating a nation that our freedom fighters Rajguru and Bhagat Singh had dreamt of," Hazare said.

Accompanying Hazare, former Army Chief Gen V K Singh said that it is necessary to curb corruption which is eating up the country like termites.

"The real rulers of this country are its citizens. People should rise above self-centred thinking and expand the ambit of their thought to include the larger interest of the nation," Singh said, adding, "change your thinking to change the country."

Singh alleged that there are several flaws in the electoral process in the country. " Those who get minority votes also get to sit in the parliament or becomes a legislator. This system is not right and it is important to change it," he told reporters here at Saharanpur Circuit house.
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