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Anna Hazare launches 'Jantantra yatra', vows to clean the political system
On Sunday, activist Anna Hazare launched his 'Jantantra Yatra' from the historic Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar with a vow to cleanse the political system in the country, which according to him is churning out only 'faulty policies'.

Even though the response was tepid, but Hazare went on to announce that a Jan Sansad (People’s Parliament) would be held on the Ramlila grounds in New Delhi in about five months. This, Hazare said, would mark the beginning of the “people’s struggle against the misrule of the present government at the Centre.”

Addressing the rally, organized by his Jan Morcha, outside the Jallianwala Bagh, Hazare said: “If we get the backing of six crore people, the government will be forced to bow before this jan shakti (people’s power).”

Emphasising the need for a Jan Kranti (people’s revolution) to liberate the country from what he referred to as “corrupt leadership”, Hazare urged the people to show zero tolerance for corruption.

Hazare warned that “common man could pull down any government”, but was quick to offer an olive branch to the government by asking the political leadership to respond to his 25-pont charter presented by the Jan Morcha, if it wanted the Jan Sansad to be avoided.

Urging people to unite under a single banner, Hazare warned people that the change can’t be brought about if “we remained scattered in different camps”. Maintaining that there was a need to awaken the public to issues like the Jan Lokpal and the Right to Reject, Hazare said: “United we are like a steel pillar.”

Over next five days, Hazare will address rallies across Punjab, which will be followed by rallies in Haryana and Uttarakhand. On April 17, Hazare will culminate the first leg of the yatra in a rally.

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