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Hazare to fast in Delhi if Lok Pal Act not implemented

IANS  |  Belagavi (Karnataka) 

on Friday said he would go on an indefinite fast in in March if the central does not implement the Pal Act to eliminate corruption across the country.

"I will sit on an indefinite fast in from March 23 if the Pal Act is not implemented. I will continue the fast if am arrested and put in jail if the Union does not implement the Pal Act against corruption," he told reporters at a function in hamlet near Baihongal in this northern district.

Though Parliament passed the Pal and Ayuktas Bill in 2013, the central or state governments have so far not set up the anti-corruption ombudsman (Pal) or Ayuktas in the states which do not have them.

"The Modi has been talking about fighting corruption over the last three years but has not taken any step to have the Pal institution to check corruption," said

"Even demonetisation of higher currency notes has not curbed corruption. Modi has failed to achieve his goal of making the country corruption-free," he added.

Regretting suicides by farmers across the country due to agrarian crisis, said neither the central nor state governments were doing anything to mitigate the hardships in the farm sector.

"I have written 10 letters to Modi to introduce an effective Pal system to root out corruption. I have also written 22 letters to him urging him to solve problems faced by farmers. He has not responded to any of them," he said.

On Anant Kumar Hegde's recent statement that the NDA would change the basic structure of the Constitution, said no one had right to change it (Constitution) or even talk about changing it.

"If somebody like Hegde said he would change the Constitution, he needs to referred to a mental hospital for treatment," added

Hegde, a Sabha lawmaker from district in northwest Karnataka, however, withdrew his statement subsequently.



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First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 23:38 IST