Anna Hazare said that when a person’s tolerance of corruption runs out he has no option but to slap the wrong doer. His controversial statement came at a special screening of a Hindi movie ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai‘ for him at his native village Ralegan Siddhi in the presence of the film’s crew. The movie was based on the common man’s fight against corruption. Anna saw the entire film and expressed satisfaction over it.
On 24 November last year, Hazare had sparked a row by appearing to approve of the slapping of Union Minister Sharad Pawar by a youth in Delhi. He had, however, later condemned the attack on Pawar.
Anna, is now more like a frustrated man, with a sense of dejection and no confidence. He has exhausted all his options. The Mumbai fiasco reminds that the threat to fast has been overused. There is little scope to take advantage of in political rivalries. The Rajya Sabha debate exposed that no party was with his movement. His all-powerful team, which was the toast of the media last year, is off the public eyes now.
After unfurling the tricolour at the Republic Day celebrations on Thursday (26 January 2012) in his village in Ralegan Siddhi in western Maharashtra, Anna Hazare said that his next phase of agitation would be to achieve ”power for the people”. He added,”Today power is concentrated in Mantralaya (secretariat)in Mumbai or in Delhi. There is a need for decentralisation of power.”