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Agnivesh asks Arya Samajis to participate in “second freedom struggle”

Staff Correspondent

SHIMLA: A prominent member of team Anna and the head of World Council of Arya Samaj, Swami Agnivesh has appealed to the Arya Samaj society to take part in the second freedom movement in the country and expose the corrupt ruling classes.

Addressing the people on the anniversary of Arya Samaj here on Sunday, he said the fight this time is tough and long since the enemy is from within the country. “ Ab larai kale angrezon se hai,” (the fight is with black Indian rulers and not the white Englishmen) he said. He urged the people to form Lok Shakti Abhiyan groups at all levels against the issue of corruption whenever they are given a call. Denying any role of violence in future Satyagrah andolans, he said the civil society movements would not go for Bharat Bandhs and Rail Roko type agitations as it involves aggression.

Hinting at the Congress he said the masses should never vote for those who are opposing positive legislations like the Jan Lok Pal Bill. He also demanded that the Election Commission give an option of rejecting candidates in the voters' list and banning of rejected candidates from fighting the next elections.

All political parties must disclose the source of their funds and their accounts should be audited by the Comptroller Auditor General of India. This would stop the use of black money in fighting elections, he said while mocking the proposals of the likes of Kapil Sibal in challenging the civil society activists to fight elections against the politicians.

Speaking at length on the plight of Maoists, Swami Agnivesh said operation Green Hunt was a farce.

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