Former govt officers set to join anti-graft movement: Anna

Nov 05 2012, 10:00 IST
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Social activist Anna Hazare Social activist Anna Hazare
SummaryThe Gandhian will start a country-wide tour from January 30 to galvanise people.

Several retired IAS and IPS officers and also those from the Army are set to join the campaign against corruption, veteran activist Anna Hazare said.

Speaking at annual event 'ThinkFest', the Gandhian claimed that about 100 retired officers from Army, nine retired IAS officers and several IPS officers including seven former director generals of police (DGP) were joining him.

Announcing his plans, the septuagenarian activist said he would start a country-wide tour from January 30 to galvanise people.

There are lakhs of people who are pledging their support for the movement. Now the aim is not only to have Jan Lokpal Bill passed in Parliament but we also want legislations like Right to Reject and Right to Recall to be passed, the anti-corruption crusader said.

About his association with former Army chief V K Singh, the social activist said after fighting enemies like Pakistan (which he did during his stint in Army), it is now time to fight enemies within the country.

Talking about his differences with fellow activist Arvind Kejriwal, Hazare maintained that both of them were treading different paths but aiming for the same goal.

We have chosen different paths, but our aim is same...a corruption-free India, Anna said, adding that Kejriwal is in constant touch with him over phone.

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