New Delhi: Stepping up his anti-graft offensive, Anna Hazare on Sunday made a strong pitch for 'right to reject' and said people with criminal cases pending against them should be kept out of Parliament using the clause.

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"Arvind (Kejriwal) has just said people with cases against them are sitting in Parliament...to stop this, we must use right to reject," Hazare said addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar during the joint one-day fast with yoga guru Ramdev.

When a voter feels that none of the candidates contesting is good, he should use the right to reject, he said.

"If eight candidates are contesting from a constituency, and a voter feels these are all criminals, not one of them is good', he should choose the last option which is right to reject," he said.

 "We have to implement this and not just speak about it," he said.

Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said on Twitter, "Anna says v (sic) have a long struggle ahead! We must strive for Right 2 Reject. To reject devil/deep sea. Next round will get better candidates."

Hazare refuted allegations about rift in Team Anna or any understands with Ramdev.

"I was on a tour of 36 districts in Maharashtra. I left the tour and came as I had promised Ramdev that I would support him," he said.

"If I hadn't shown up, people would have again said that there is a rift with Ramdev," he said.

Hazare asked the youth to play an active role in development, especially of rural areas.

Quoting Gandhi, he said development based on exploitation is not good or useful.

"Out of a billion plus population, if just six lakh youths come forward and adopt one village each, our country will progress," he said.

Noting that development and removing corruption went hand-in-hand, he said, "Without both, our country will not go anywhere."

Referring to his activities against corruption in Maharashtra, he said, "I have fought against corruption for 25 years. After my agitation, 6 ministers and 400 bureaucrats were sacked."

He said the Right to Information Act was an important tool to uncover corruption.

"Adarsh society scam came out due to RTI. Seven secretaries have gone in (jail), now it's the turn of ministers," he said.

He asked the people to dedicate time to social service.

(Agencies)

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