BHANDARA : “Fourteen central ministers involved in corruption have been served notices. If they do not give a reply by June, we will launch an agitation against them in Delhi. One of the ministers, Praful Patel is representing the Bhandara-Gondia parliamentary constituency,” said anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare in a press conference held at the Circuit House on Tuesday.
The Gandhian alleged that apart from the ministers, 163 members of parliament too are involved in corruption and that there is substantial evidence to nail them.
“Corruption has become the order of the day. The government spends 80% of the money on administration and just 20% on development. This practice should be the other way round. Politicians, government servants and those in the corridors of power loot money from the government exchequer. They get elected to the state assemblies and Parliament by using money and muscle power. Persons with devotion, dedication and commitment must be elected. I will wholeheartedly support such candidates,” said Anna.
“People of the state and the country have no future in the present regime. Our demand is the Lokayukta in the states and Lokpal at the centre but the government is unwilling. Now, we have decided not to approach the government. If the government wants to meet us, we are ready but we will not go to them. To eradicate corruption, Lokpal and Lokayukta are the only way out,” said Anna.
“In Maharashtra, thousands of hectares of forest land is sold or grabbed by politicians and forest officials. This is the reason for Naxalism in the state. Naxals are resorting to violence and killing their own people in the name of revolution. They must refrain from violence and join the main stream to solve the problems of common man. I’m willing to be the go between the government and Naxals if asked to do so.”
“Yoga guru Ramdev Baba will be launching an agitation on June 4 to get the Lokpal Bill passed and recovery of thousands of crores illegally stashed in foreign bank accounts,” said Anna.