Anna Hazare on Tuesday started another indefinite fast demanding the central government to pass an anti-corruption bill.
At least 12 supporters joined the 76-year-old veteran social activist as he began his fast at a temple venue in his village Ralegan Siddhi, 230 km from Mumbai. Residents of nearby villagers also started trickling in. No one joined from the Aam Aadmi Party of Arvind Kejriwal, who had broken away from Hazare to start the new political party. However, Hazare said anyone was welcome to join the fast provided they did not come with the banner of a political party.
Mr Hazare told reporters ahead of the fast that the governing Congress party had “betrayed” him as it had failed to get the bill passed in the parliament.
“When I withdrew my agitation in Delhi I was given a letter by the Congress saying this bill will be passed but it has not happened yet. I am left with no choice but to sit on a hunger strike,” he said.
In the chilly 6 degrees Celsius temperature sweeping Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, Anna went on his usual morning walk and then started his hunger strike near the Yadavbaba temple in the village, under the banner of his new organisation, Jantantra Morcha.
Hazare, who wrote letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leader of the opposition Sushma Swaraj on December 4, did not get any reply and that is why, he said, he decided to fast once again until the bill was passed.