Anna Hazare seeks support from Youth in Odisha


By Hemanta Pande: Amidst the slogan of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, “Anna Tum Age Badho, Hum Tumhare Saath Hain” ,“Anna Tum Sangharsh Karo, Hum tumhare saath hain” — hundreds of Anna supporters and sympathizers greeted the anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare at Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar today.

The veteran Gandhian arrived in Bhubaneswar at around 1:30 PM. He was given a warm welcome by the India Against Corruption (IAC) activists. He was taken in a bike rally, accompanied by hundreds of supporters to the Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti ground in order to address the IAC activists.

At the very outset of his speech, the Gandhian extended his anguish and displeasure against the IAC activists and volunteers for their “indiscipline” activities and craziness to pose for the camera.

Anna asked the youths to sacrifice and devote their life for nation building. He cited the example of the youths of Japan and Indonesia on their patriotism and dedication towards the nation. In his address, he asked the youths to reach out the people in villages and motivate them to fight against corruption.

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Inviting the youths to join his team in large volume and work without any self-interest, the veteran gave his mobile number 9923599234 to interact with him.

In his speech, he said, he is not worried only about the corruption, but also the education and agriculture of the country. Giving his own example, he said that at the age of 26, he decided not to marry, but preferred to work for the country. He said, “My country is my family and I have a big family. I need to take care of that.” He extracted one sentence from Bhagvat Gita ……”Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani” to motivate youths to serve the nation without expecting any results.

During his speech, he repeatedly criticised people, who wanted to take their snap with him on the stage. Even he asked to sideline the photomaniac workers in the movement against corruption. He recalled the freedom movement when there was no camera, but youths devoted and sacrificed their life. “Now, we need a second freedom movement for a better India”, he said.

Regarding Arvind Kejriwal’s formation of new political outfit Aam Aadmi Party, Anna said that he would support and campaign for the party candidates, if he finds them transparent and of clean image.

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