Hazare slams Modi Govt over failure to appoint Lokpal, threatens fresh protest

NEW DELHI: Anna Hazare, whose anti-corruption protest attracted a huge outpouring of support in 2011, today threatened a rerun of his crusade as he denounced the Modi Government over its “failure” to appoint a Lokpal and create a graft-free India.

Hazare, who was the face of the impassioned movement for the creation of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta in states to probe corruption in the Government, targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying “he is averse to appoint anyone to the office”.

The announcement came after the octogenarian Gandhian visited Raj Ghat to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of the 148th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.

“The movement I started for appointing a Lokpal is incomplete, which is why there is a need for another agitation.

“The Government failed to appoint a Lokpal in the last three years. In fact, it has weakened the Act (The Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013),” he told reporters at a press conference at the New Maharastra Sadan here.

The new movement, he said, would be launched by the end of the year or early next year. (AGENCIES)