Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has joined hands with social activist Medha Patkar to demand a judicial inquiry into the sale of the state sugar factories and the reason leading to their bankruptcy.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Hazare said that he would take part in a morcha organised by Patkar from Azad Maidan to Mantralaya on Wednesday.
He alleged that the sugar factories were first made sick by politicians and then sold to private firms owned by them.
Earlier, Patkar had alleged that as many as 40 co-operative sugar factories were sold at throw-away prices to private firms owned by several high-profile politicians.
“In fact, the central government was ready to provide financial assistance to the factories, but the state did not send a single proposal to the Centre,” Hazare alleged.
“This is a conspiracy to convert black money into white and both the ruling and opposition party politicians are a part of this.”
Hazare also said that till the government announces a judicial inquiry into the sale and lease of sugar factories, they would be continuing their agitation. “We will also carry out the jail bharo andholan,” he added.