Ralegan Siddhi: Social activist Anna Hazare, whose indefinite hunger strike entered the fifth day on Sunday, warned if the Modi government did not fulfil its promises, he would return his Padma Bhushan. Earlier in the day, BJP ally Shiv Sena came out in Hazare’s support, urging him to emulate socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan and lead an agitation against corruption.
Hazare has been on a hunger strike since last Wednesday at his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar, demanding appointments of Lokpal and Lokayuktas and resolution of farmers’ issue. “If the govt does not fulfil its promises made to the country in the next few days, I’ll return my Padma Bhushan,” he said. The 81-year-old was awarded the third-highest civilian honour in 1992.