Indian corruption: Anna Hazare launches Lokpal agitation, again
Anti-corruption movement and Common-man (Aam Admi) politics have threatened all political parties by their spectacular show at the hustings in Delhi They also promise to create an essential sea-change in Indian politics that has remained rotten for too long- both nationally and regionally, where the politicians make merry along with corporate class and rich and at the cost of common people.
India's veteran Gandhian activist Anna Hazare who has threatened all corrupt political parties, including the Hindutva Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with slow extinction, almost decimated the ruling Congress led governments in the just concluded regional polls where the party is almost completely routed from political map, launched an indefinite hunger strike at his village in Maharashtra state to press for the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill to end corruption at high levels.
In the chilly 6 degrees Celsius temperature sweeping Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, Hazare went on his usual morning walk and then started his hunger strike under the banner of his new organisation, Jantantra Morcha.
The Jan Lokpal Bill, also referred to as the Citizen's Ombudsman Bill, is an anti-corruption legislation drafted by civil society activists, seeking appointment of an independent high power panel to investigate cases of corruption.
Indian government and parliament had assured Hazare to pass the Lokpal bill and implement it but so far the Congress led UPA as well as the opposition parities have not bothered to implement the bill mainly because, cutting across political colors and parties, unfortunately for Indian democracy, most of the politicians and parties are corruption ridden.
Delhi has become a hotbed for power hungry politicians of BJP now fearing the rise of Common-man Party. AAP, a debutant political party, has emerged as the second largest party in the 2013 Delhi assembly elections with 28 seats after the BJP, which has won 31 seats. Both of them lack the absolute majority (36 seats) needed to form the government.
The phenomenon rise of Common-man party in Delhi polls has sent a strong message across India of warning to all political parties doing business in the name of "serving the nation" to stop fooling the people and star working fro redressing their genuine concerns- so far ignored by parties and leaders that seek huge profits from politics.
As uncertainty prevailed over the next government in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party refused to form an alliance with other parties, and said it will sit in the opposition or go for re-polls in the state, if that would bring a clearer result. "We are ready to sit in the opposition or contest for the re-elections as we do not have the absolute majority to form the government," said AAP leader Manish Sisodia after coming out of the core group meeting held at party convener Arvind Kejriwal's residence. AAP said 'We will play the role of a responsible opposition party, there was no question of alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party or the Congress, as it was already made clear by Arvind Kejriwal that AAP would neither support nor approach any party for alliance. We will play the role of a responsible opposition party
The AAP founding leader, Arvind Kejriwal made it clear that the party will form the government only if it achieves majority by following the natural process and not by forming alliance with any of the parties whose records are full of corruption allegations. he doe snot want to entertain horsetrading by offering money to the independently elected members of the assembly, as has been the practice in Indian political history.
Meanwhile, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit who lost to Kejriwal in New Delhi constituency and also lost the government for the party's pathetic performance , said the Congress has not taken any decision on forming an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) so far. "We haven't taken a decision on supporting AAP. The AAP has categorically said that it does not want to support anybody, nor do they require anybody's support. It is their decision." Dikshit told a TV channel."On what might have gone wrong with the Congress's poor performance in the assembly polls, she said: "We haven't yet studied the whole thing. "When we went to the elections, we went with absolute faith and confidence that our record of good governance in Delhi would be a factor that would make us win. Apparently, it wasn't the factor. We would have to look into what has happened," she said.
BJP is deeply worried about die hard leaders of Aam Aadmai party who are fully committed to stamp out corruption and BJP people ahve laready tasted pwoer and money and they need more
BJP knows Congress party sis not the only target of the Common -man party but BJP is very much their target as well.
If it opt for power , they fear, the BJP would be just finished just as Congress party has suffered, although BJP gained a lot from Lokpal demonstrations and Aam Admi party campaign.
Not only in Delhi where the bJP would face wrath of the Aam Aadami party and people, but also at national n level too the party would be routed if they fail in Delhi.
Anna Hazare's resumption of anti-corruption struggle could weaken both Congress and BJP as well as other national parties that seek huge profits at the cost of human misery.
Abraham Lincoln is perfectly on the dot when he said none can fool the world for ever!
Aam Admi Party has the potential to make India corruption free- at least to some extent to begin with.
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