Anti-corruption crusader S.R. Hiremath of National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) yesterday launched ‘Swatantradinda Swarajyadedege’ campaign in city and urged citizens not to be lured by money, wine and other gifts offered by politicians.

‘Grama Ganarajya is our birthright; Corrupt people get out of public life; Lands in rural areas belong to villagers and not the government,’ were the messages depicted on placards during the campaign in front of Gandhiji bust in Subbarayanakere here.

Speaking on the occasion, he charged that corrupt politicians who had amassed ill-gotten wealth were a curse to society and elaborated on the need for creation of awareness among citizens about the selfish intentions of corrupt people who would do anything to achieve their goals.

He also demanded stern action on corrupt bureaucrats and politicians who had been indicted by Justice Santosh Hegde in his report as Lokayukta.

The campaign, which began at MM Hills on Mar. 22, will culminate at Freedom Park in Bangalore on Mar.30, he said and added that such jathas had already been successfully held from 3 villages in Soraba taluk in Shimoga to Bellary and from Sugalamma Temple in Obalapuram to Bellary. Prof. Vasanthamma, Prof. K.S. Bhagawan, Prof. Nanjaraja Urs, Varsha, Prasanna, Raghavendra of Janasangram Parishat and others took part.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore