Roorkee: Reminding people that they held the key to change, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday asked them to think of changing the system rather than the government at the Centre in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

"Every five years we think of a change of government but this time round (2014 general elections) we have to think of changing the system," he told a public meeting at Subhash Nagar ground here as his Jantantra Yatra entered Uttarakhand.

Accompanied by former Army Chief Gen V K Singh, Hazare asked people to understand the value of their votes and take a vow not to elect corrupt people responsible for bringing the country to such a sorry pass when graft had hit an all-time high.

"You must take a pledge that this time you will not vote for corrupt people, plunderers and those who cannot curb rising prices," the social activist said. "It is necessary to bring back black money stashed abroad but it is no less important to change the system where people are changing black money into white with impunity," he said.

"You hold the key to change," Hazare said reminding the people that they alone could bring about a major change in the country. "Turn it a little when you go to cast your vote in the general elections this time and see what happens. Not only the system will change but also the nation as a whole."

Pitching strongly for the right to recall, Hazare said it would pave the way for eviction of non-performing people's representatives from power. The former Army Chief asked the people to change their mindset if they were looking for a major change in the system. "Change your thinking to change the country," he said.


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