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Jan 30, 2013 at 09:11am IST

Anna Hazare to hold rally in Patna today for farmers

Patna: Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare will be holding a rally in Patna on Wednesday to launch a farmers' movement. The movement will be extended to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Karnataka over the next year. Former army chief General VK Singh and former Team Anna member Kiran Bedi are also expected to attend the rally.

Anna had earlier said that following failure of farmers organisations to unite, it has led to neglect of agriculture sector by the rulers. "Keeping in mind the need to strengthen farmers organisations, I decided to start nationwide tour for one and half years and sit for satyagraha before Lok Sabha polls at Ramleela Maidan, New Delhi," he said.

Addressing the gathering after receiving the prestigious "Basava Krushi" (agricultural award named after 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara), instituted by 'Kudalasangama Lingayat Panchamasali Mahapeeth' in Bagalkot, he said "I will tour in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Panjab and Karnataka and start agitation by organising farmers community".

Anna Hazare to hold rally in Patna today

Former army chief General VK Singh and former Team Anna member Kiran Bedi are also expected to attend the rally.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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