Mumbai: Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday alleged that the Government was trying to dig out information about his past by checking his records in the Army and sending people to his village in Maharashtra to check on his organisation. The 74-year-old Gandhian said he was firm on his decision to go on an indefinite fast in Delhi from August 16 for a strong Lokpal Bill to tackle corruption. (Agencies)
"They (Government) have sent people to check my records in the Army. They want to see if they can find something during my service years. I have not done anything wrong throughout my life," Hazare, who served as a jawan in the Army for 15 years, said at the Mumbai Press Club here.
"They have put people after me. They have sent people to my village to check on my organisation. I have no bank balance, so what will you find?. I live in a temple in a eight feet by ten feet room. I just have a plate to eat and a bed to sleep on. What will you find?," Hazare, who hails from Ralegan Sidhi village in Ahmednagar district, said.
Alleging that the Government's intentions are not right and that is the reason why they are trying to defame the civil society spearheading the anti-graft campaign, Hazare said, "I haven't allowed a single blot on my character in my entire life."
"Mumbaikars should come and support the agitation against corruption," he added.
Criticising the government's draft of the Lokpal Bill that was presented in the Lok Sabha recently, he said it was a betrayal of the people.
"The Government said they would present their draft as well as our draft before the Union Cabinet but they betrayed the people by presenting only their draft," he said, adding that the government should withdraw their Lokpal Bill and either bring a new Bill afresh or make amendments in it." Hazare said he had devoted his life for the well-being of the country.
"My whole life is devoted to the country and I will carry on with my struggle throughout my life," he said.
On his agitation from August 16, the Gandhian said, "We have still not got permission (for a venue) from Delhi police. I got a call from Kiran Bedi and she said that in another two days we would be called for discussion."
He said he was ready to carry out his protest in prison, if the government tried to thwart his agitation.
"We are ready to face lathi-charge but we will not raise our hands. If they want to fire gun shots at us let them do. If I don't get permission and if they put me in jail I will protest there," he said.
Asked whether he would contest elections in the future, he said, "I don't feel there is any need for me to contest elections. If by staying out I can fight then why should I contest elections?"
RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal, who was accompanying Hazare, asked people to switch off their lights between 8-9 pm on August 15, to mark their protest against corruption.
Meanwhile, leaders of labour and dabbawalla associations here extended their support to Hazare's campaign.
Mumbai: Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday alleged that the Government was trying to dig out information about his past by checking his records in the Army and sending people to his village in Maharashtra to check on his organisation.
The 74-year-old Gandhian said he was firm on his decision to go on an indefinite fast in Delhi from August 16 for a strong Lokpal Bill to tackle corruption.