Ralegan Siddhi: Social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said he will return his Padma Bhushan award to the President if the Centre doesn’t concede to his demand for Lokpal and Lokayukta.
Speaking to media here on Sunday, the activist said he arrived at this decision due to the grim scenario prevailing in the society and country.
“I will be returning my Padma Bhushan award to the President. I did not work for that award. You only gave me that while I was working for a social cause and the country. If the country or society is in this condition, then why should I keep that?” he asked.
The 81-year-old anti-corruption crusader was awarded the third highest civilian honour in 1992.
Hazare is on indefinite hunger strike for the last five days at his native village to push for his demand of Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta in states.
The social activist launched his indefinite hunger strike on January 30 under the banner of ‘Jan Andolan Satyagraha’.