Kejriwal joins Anna Hazare in his protest; Veteran leader says will start ‘jail bharo’ movement

New Delhi(PTI): Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday sat on protest for the second day in the national capital against the contentious land ordinance and said he would not relent till the controversial legislation is scrapped. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal joins Anna Hazare in his protest at Jantar Mantar against the land ordinance. Hazare has said that he will start a jail bharo movement against the ordinance.

Before beginning his protest today, Hazare said people from political parties were welcome to join the agitators but will not share the stage with him and made it clear that he would not allow any political colour to the agitation. “If the political parties come on the stage, then it would appear that it is being done by the party,” he said. He accused the NDA government of not heeding to farmers’ interests. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will join Hazare in the afternoon. When asked whether Kejriwal will be allowed to share the stage with him, Hazare did not give a clear answer.

Yesterday, Hazare had said a jail-bharo movement will be launched from the Ramlila Ground after carrying out “padyatra” across the country for three-four months. Accusing the government of only caring for corporates, Hazare said he will not relent till government withdraws the controversial ordinance. “The political parties are of the country only. And, people running the government are also from the country. The people who suffer injustice are also from this country. And, so if farmers are meted out injustice and if everyine comes together to fight injustice, then what is the problem,” Hazare told reporters.