Will be at Ramlila once LS polls announced: Hazare

May 02, 2012, 05:32 IST | PTI

Sharpening his attack on the Congress-led government at the Centre, Anna Hazare today said he would launch a massive people's movement once Lok Sabha elections were declared.

"I will tour the country and will be there at the Ramlila grounds once Lok Sabha elections are announced," he told a rally at the temple town of Shirdi, kicking off a statewide tour to drum up support for a strong Lokayukta bill. 

Anna Hazare

Anna Hazare

Hazare accused Home Minister P Chidambaram of being responsible for the "conspiracy" to foil his Lokpal stir last year. "I was produced before court saying peace would be disturbed. I refused bail. I said I am ready to go to jail. I went to Tihar jail," he said.

"A plane was ready at the Delhi airport. The plan was to bring me to Pune and then take me to Bhandardara," he said. "When the home minister of a country plans such schemes, where will the country go? Had the Jan Lokpal been there, Chidambaram would have been in jail now," the anti-graft crusader said.

Those in the government don't want to bring back black money stashed away abroad because many of them have deposited them in the foreign banks there, the 75-year-old leader said.

"If you fight for your country and get jailed, it's a blessing," he said. "We will have to go to jail for the sake of our country. It is a matter of pride to go to jail for the country," he said

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