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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Anna to miss UP leg of Jan Yatra


Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare will not join his team during the first phase of the ‘Jan Yatra’ that they are going to launch in Uttar Pradesh on October 16.

The week-long yatra will pass through seven districts of the state before concluding on October 22.

“Because of his busy schedule and other commitments, Anna Hazare’s programme has changed. He will not be in the yatra in UP and other team members will lead the campaign here,” said Sanjay Singh, member of the India Against Corruption’s national core committee from UP, on Friday.

The yatra will start with a public meeting in Aligarh on October 16. The next day, IAC members will address a public meeting in Banda where they will also read out a message from Anna Hazare for the people of Bundelkhand.

Then the team will move to Badarka village in Unnao, which is birthplace of freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad. They will pay tribute to Azad there on October 18. Later, the same day, they will reach Lucknow to address a gathering of the youth at Jhulelal park. The yatra will be in Gorakhpur on October 19, Meerut on October 21 and Agra on October 22.

During the yatra, the IAC will target the youth. Public meetings will be held near the universities and members of the national core committee, mainly Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh, will address these. Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhusan would also join the yatra at some places, but their schedule has not been finalised.

“During the yatra, youths would be appealed to not vote for political parties which do not support the Jan Lokpal Bill in the upcoming winter session of the Parliament. As UP leads in corruption and criminalisation, we are beginning the yatra from here,” said Sanjay Singh.

He said since people of Banda faced several problems, “Anna Hazare had personally written a message which will be read out in Banda on October 17.”

The IAC has asked its workers in the seven districts where the yatra will pass in UP to seek prior permission from the district administrations for public meetings.

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