Seeking Lokpal and Lokayuktas as promised by the government, veteran activist Kisan Baburao Hazare alias Anna Hazare on Wednesday launched a fresh hunger strike at his Ralegan-Siddhi village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar. According to an aide, 81-year-old Hazare went around in a procession in the village along with a large number of supporters. He then hoisted the national flag before beginning the indefinite fast.
Before launching the agitation, the veteran activist also paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of Martyrs' Day.
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Three days ago, Hazare had served an ultimatum to the state government and had demanded the implementation of the Lokayukta in Maharashtra, failing which he would launch his hunger strike.
Earlier, he addressed several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the implementation of the Lokpal authority and said his communications were not acknowledged.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has initiated the process to bring the office of the chief minister under the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta.
Hazare, however, said he will be on protest till it becomes a reality.
Other than the demand of implementing the Lokayukta in Maharashtra, Hazare has also taken up the farmers causes including implementation of the MS Swaminathan Commission Report and related issues.