Hazare threatens to return Padma Bhushan
Dehradun/Roorkee: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare today threatened to return the Padma Bhushan conferred upon him, accusing the UPA of betraying the nation on the issue of Lokpal.
"This is an unpardonable betrayal of the nation...I don't want any awards from a government which does not act against corruption," Anna said, addressing people at the parade ground in Dehradun on the conclusion of the first phase of his Jantantrik yatra. He said despite two years after the resolution on Lokpal was passed in Parliament the anti-corruption institution was still an elusive dream.
Anna asked the people to think of not only changing a government while voting in 2014 Lok Sabha polls but also changing the system. "People should rise above self-centred thinking and expand the ambit of their thought to include the larger interest of the nation," he said. Citing his own example, he said he had taken a pledge at the age of 26 to serve the nation and society and has lived up to that pledge to this day.
Exhorting people to work for the nation and society with an unflinching sense of commitment, he asked them to be alert and fight the system to build the society of their dreams.
Reacting on the rumours that Congress may name Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman, Nandan Nilekani as its candidate for Prime Minister, JD(U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said the move could be suicidal for the party.
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