Patna,(BiharTimes): Anna Hazare took his battle against corruption from his village Ralegan-Siddhi in Maharashtra to Mumbai and Delhi.
Many middle class citizens, some as commitment and others as fashion, chose to join him in his campaign in Delhi and Mumbai. Some others joined hands with India Against Corruption in state capitals or important cities and towns of the country.
But Satyendra Sharma, a native of village Narayanpur under Ratani block in Jehanabad district of Bihar chose his ancestral village to start the grassroots struggle against corruption.
He has been on an indefinite fast on the premises of the village school since Tuesday (Nov 6) to press his 10-point charter of demands, all related to local issues.
He chose to take up the extreme step of fast after having failed to draw the attention of the state authorities on rampant corruption in public distribution system, loot in Indira Awas Yojana and other central government schemes and other block related issues. He too exposed rampant corruption in electricity board at local level using RTI.
"Hardly have any other option to counter corruption at the grassroots level asserted Satyendra while talking to BiharTimes.
People of not only our Panchayat but from other Panchayats too have joined this movement against curruption" said a fellow villager Ravi Sharma. "Despite deteriorating health condition hardly any senior govt. official or politician took notice of it" added Sharma.
Incidentally, he had even knocked at the gate of chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Darbar thrice but to no avail.
Unlike Anna, who was a simple soldier in an Indian army Satyendra is an educated person, who came to his village to do farming after working in Delhi.
Though the local media gave some coverage to the issue raised by him yet the district administration has failed to respond.
So far Satyendra has not the support of the urban-centric crusaders of India Against Corruption. However, he is hopeful of the local support as some more youths have assured that they too would sit on fast to support his cause.