The 84-year old crusader of ‘India Against Corruption’ campaign of 2011, Anna Hazare, announced on Thursday, Jan 28 that he will go on an indefinite hunger strike from Saturday, Jan 30 for his various demands pertaining to the farmers’ issues. In a press conference by Hazare on Jan 28, he expressed his displeasure over the attitude of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Central Government on the issues of farmers. The erstwhile army man turned social activist will commence his indefinite fast from his hometown Ralegan Siddhi, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra effective Jan 30.
Hazare mentioned that he is agitating against the government from the last 4 years but the government isn’t paying heed to his demands. “I have been agitating for important demands of farmers for the last four years. It seems like the government is not taking proper decisions on the issue of farmers. The government is not sensitive towards the farmers,” said Hazare while addressing the press conference on Thursday, quoted ANI.
Hazare has urged his supporters to join him in the protest against the government over the farmers’ issues remotely. He urged his supporters to fast along with him from wherever they are.
Elaborating more about his efforts in the last few years for the farmers’ rights, Anna Hazare alleged that he has written several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Agriculture Minister expressing demands related to farmers’ rights. However, he alleged that the government delegation deliberates over the demands but provides no solution.
“We have kept our demands before the Central Government time and again. I have written letters to the Prime Minister and Union Agriculture Minister five times in the last three months. Representatives of the government are discussing the matter but they haven’t reached proper solution regarding the demands so far,” said the India Against Corruption campaign’s crusader.
Notably, Anna Hazare had made headlines recently for his desire to commence a hunger strike against the Modi Government over the farmers’ issues after the three Farm laws were passed by the Central Government recently. The Central Government has recently passed three Farm Laws which it claims would bring more reliefs to the farmers. However, the protesting farmers are alleging that the new laws were uncalled for, and that it is drafted with an aim to provide advantages to the large corporates.