Anna slams vandalism of Ambedkar’s statute, says nation should not forget his contribution

JAMMU: Slamming vandalism of statute of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar by some unidentified miscreants in Meerut, social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday said that the nation should not forget his
role and contributions towards the society.
“Dr Ambedkar has played a great role in the Indian history and his contribution should not be forget,” Hazare told mediapersons here.
He was in the town with regard to his ‘satyagrah’ starting from March 23 in New Delhi, to fight for farmers and corruption.
“The statues of various personalities raised anywhere are because of the contribution of an individual and its vandalism is completely wrong and unfortunate,” said the social activist.
He said that venom of casteism, communalism is spreading fast in the country and he will try his best to aware people and society of nefarious designs.
“People are key to diffuse such tensions and we will aware them,” he added and said that not the political parties but the system will change the minds and thoughts of the people.
“Everyone is looting and have self interests whereas nobody is serious about the country,” said Hazare.
He also said that his focus is youth and if the youth of India gets untied and wake up, the future of this country will be bright, adding, “I will unite youth for better tomorrow and till I am alive, will keep fighting for truth and rights of the people.”
Hazare however, also expressed concern over plight of farmers and demanded three times of money in return than they spend in agriculture sector.
Demanding setting up of Agriculture Commission, the social activist said that in the last 22 years, 12 lakh farmers had committed suicide and it will not stop unless they get their share.
Expert farmers should be included in the Commission so that they can easily understand their problems and address them.
“The government should also give Rs 5000 per month pension to the farmers attaining 60 years under pension scheme,” he demanded.
Hazare also lashed out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not fulfilling his promises and leaving farmers at God’s mercy.
“BJP during 2014 election campaign promised pension policy for the farmers but once the elections were over, they took oath and forgot their words,” he alleged.
On backstabbing by some of the members of 2011 ‘andolan’ he said that this time it will not be repeated.
“We have registered the people only after they submitted an affidavit of Rs 100 with certain terms and conditions which they have to obey and in case they fail, I will drag them to the Court,” he added.
Hazare also quoted the report of FORBES asserting that as per the document, India ranked first in corruption in Asia and expressed the concern.
Meanwhile Hazare said that he chose March 23 to start ‘satyagrah’ as it is observed as martyrs’ day of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru.