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Ex-K'taka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde to join Anna Hazare's stir

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

In a boost to Anna Hazare's proposed fast to press his demand on the issue, retired and former N today said he would join the social activist's stir.

The former of India, who was a key part of the Hazare-led anti-corruption movement in 2011, said he was planning to be with the octogenarian in New on March 23 and extend support to the fast.

said Hazare had recently invited him during his visit to Bengaluru.

"He (Hazare) told me I should join him. Thereafter, he sent a word with someone else. I have agreed (to join him)," he told PTI, adding, "As long as it (the agitation) is apolitical, I will be with him."

said Hazare had indicated that his movement would remain apolitical.

Hazare had repeatedly said in the recent times that he would undertake a fast from March 23 in Delhi, if his demand for passing "proper" bills for the Lokpal, Lokayukta and electoral reforms was not met.

Hegde said he would participate more actively in the Hazare-led movement, "depending on the issues he raises".

The former said he had "no doubt" that the NDA government was not proactively taking action on the issue of appointment of

Hegde had recently expressed indignation over the delay in the appointment of Lokpal, even four years after the enactment of the law for setting up the anti-corruption institution.

"The party in power (BJP) does not want the anti-corruption ombudsman as it is afraid that if the truth comes out from the Lokpal's office, it will be in trouble.

"The present prime minister, when he was the of Gujarat, did not appoint a Lokayukta there. Ultimately, the of directed for the appointment. The attitude seems to be the same here (at the Centre)," Hegde had said.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 15:20 IST