Hazare to relaunch stir in Jan at Patna

Anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday announced that he would re-launch the anti-corruption movement in January 2013 from Gandhi Maidan in Patna from where Jayprakash Narayan had started his movement against the Indira Gandhi regime in 1974.

"My plans to undertake a nationwide tour was delayed as I underwent an eye surgery recently. Now a decision has been taken to launch my nationwide tour in January 2013. The tour will be launched from a place in Bihar where Jayprakash Narayan started his people's movement," Hazare said in a press release.

"My tour will last at least one and a half years during which a three-tier structure of anti-corruption volunteers at district, tehsil and village levels would be set up in the country. In this structure there would be no office-bearers, all would work as volunteers," he said.

He said that on October 14 a meeting of 10 technical experts was held in Ralegan Siddhi. They will help raise support and co-ordinate the movement through SMSes, blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, said Hazare.

"I would be communicating with the volunteers across the country every two-three days through this network. I am confident that within one to one-and-a-half years the central government will have to bow down and accept our demands. I feel that a change in the country is not far," said Hazare.

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