New Delhi, April 17: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare targeted Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for delay in passing the Lokpal Bill.
Currently, Hazare is undertaking 'Jantantra Yatra' (walk for democracy) to rally support against the Congress-led UPA government in the run up to the next general elections.
"This is an unpardonable betrayal of the nation...I don't want any awards from a government which does not act against corruption," Hazare said, addressing people at the parade ground in Dehradun on the conclusion of the first phase of his Jantantra Yatra.
Hazare also threatened to return the Padma Bhushan conferred upon him, accusing the UPA of betraying the nation on the issue of Lokpal.
"People should rise above self-centred thinking and expand the ambit of their thought to include the larger interest of the nation," he said.
Citing his own example, he said he had taken a pledge at the age of 26 to serve the nation and society and has lived up to that pledge to this day.
Exhorting people to work for the nation and society with an unflinching sense of commitment, he asked them to be alert and fight the system to build the society of their dreams.
Hazare also announced that the next phase of the Jantantra Yatra will begin on May 5 saying, "We will keep on fighting till the creation of corruption free society." Earlier, addressing a public meeting at Roorkee as his yatra entered Uttarakhand, Hazare reminded people that they held the key to change.
Even as a nationwide debate rages over various parties' prime ministerial candidates, social activist Anna Hazare gave a thumbs down to both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi.
"The prime minister of the country should be decided by the public and not by the political parties, since political parties have failed to deliver," Hazare said in Roorkee while talking about the qualities of a prime ministerial candidates.