Villagers observe bandh as Anna Hazare’s fast enters 2nd day


Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra): Social activist Anna Hazare’s hunger strike entered the second day on Thursday on the demand for appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs.

Meanwhile, a bandh was also observed by locals in Hazare’s native Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district in support of his demands.

Hazare is on the hunger strike in his village since Wednesday against “non-fulfillment” of assurances by the Centre and the Maharashtra government on the appointment of Lokpal and passage of the Lokayukta Act in the state.

The 81 year old social activist has also been demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations on ways to address agrarian distress.

Locals of Ralegan Siddhi village issued a statement on Thursday to local tehsildar to look into Hazare’s demands.

Doctors have advised Hazare’s caretakers to monitor the activist’s condition closely as he is over eighty years old.

Reports said Hazare had earlier declined to meet state government envoy and minister Girish Mahajan for talks over his demands.

The anti-corruption crusader had earlier told news agencies that he welcomed the Maharashtra Cabinet’s decision to bring the office of state chief minister under the ambit of Lokayukta.

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