Mumbai: Under attack over indefinite fast of Anna Hazare for appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs, and in the wake of the Gandhian’s warning to return his Padma Bhushan award, CM Fadnavis on Monday requested the octogenarian to end his protest, saying the government has agreed to accept almost all of his demands.
Taking a dig at his political opponents, particularly the Shiv Sena which has appealed to the state government to save the life of the 81-year-old, Fadnavis said Hazare should recall the comments made in the past by the people who have met him and extended their support. “We request Anna to call off fast. We have agreed to almost all of his demands, especially the one related to Lokayukta and formation of a joint committee. We have said yes to it,” the CM said.
The anti-graft crusader has been on hunger strike since January 30 in his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar district for appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs at the Centre and in Maharashtra. His other demand includes resolution of farmers’ issues. As per doctors, Hazare has lost 4.25 kgs since last Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief, Raj Thackeray, went to Ralegan Siddhi to visit Hazare.
Raj lambasted PM Modi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, and said both the leaders were opportunists and misused Hazare’s Jan Lokpal movement. In a sharp attack on Modi, Raj termed him the “biggest liar”. He spoke with Anna inside the Yadavbaba temple, where the activist is on a hunger strike and requested him to end it in view of his steadily deteriorating health.
After the meeting, Raj told the media he had urged Anna not to endanger his life “for this apathetic and useless government. The BJP-led NDA government is a bunch of liars, and the biggest liar of them all is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is an utterly shameless government. It does not care whether Anna lives or dies.” “It is only because of Anna and his agitation for the Lokpal and the Lokayuktas that Modi, other BJP leaders and Arvind Kejriwal are in power. But Modi and Kejriwal have used and then conveniently tossed out Anna,” said Raj.