ANNA HAZARE’S FAST ENTERS 5TH DAY, VILLAGERS BLOCK STATE HIGHWAY! - DeskO [Desk Opinion]

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

ANNA HAZARE’S FAST ENTERS 5TH DAY, VILLAGERS BLOCK STATE HIGHWAY!

Social activist Anna Hazare’s indefinite hunger strike entered the fifth day on Sunday even as villagers blocked a state highway in support of his agitation in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, leading to traffic jams in the area.
Hazare has been on a hunger strike since Wednesday in his native Ralegan Siddhi village in Ahmednagar demanding appointment of anti-corruption watchdogs at the Centre and in Maharashtra and resolution of farmers’ issue.

In support of the 81-year-old Army man-turned- activist’s demands, farmers and youth blocked the Ahmednagar-Pune state highway at Supa village in Parner tehsil, located about 38 km from here, in the morning, resulting in huge traffic jams.

They supported Hazare’s demands for immediate appointment of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states where such statutory anti-corruption watchdogs do not exist, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations on ways to address agrarian distress, besides some electoral reforms, the protest’s convener, Shahir Gaikwad, told PTI.

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