42 DAY OF RELAY HUNGER STRIKE
26 JULY 2015
Today is the 42nd day of Relay Hunger Strike at Jantar Mantar by Ex-servicemen. 24 Ex-servicemen from Punjab, Rajasthan observed RHS at Jantar Mantar.
26th July is also the 16th anniversary of Kargil conflict with Pakistan. On this day the last Pakistani soldier was driven out of Indian Territory, which was occupied by the Pakistan army by deceit.
The day started with A Kargil Vijay Divas Run organized by the UFESM.More than 800 runners participated in the 11Km run in memory of victory of India over Pakistan in Kargil conflict and also to remember the brave soldiers who made this victory possible with their exceptional bravery. All runneres were given complimentary caps and t-shirts with OROP embossed on them.. Entry to run was open to all citizens and was free. Citizens from all walks of life enthusiastically participated in the run. The run started from DSOI and culminated at Jantar Mantar via India Gate. All participants paid homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate to Kargil heroes. Sumptuous breakfast was served at Jantar Mantar.
It was decided that all ESM will light a candle at their doorstep in memory of soldiers who were martyred in the Kargil conflict and will pray silently for two minutes at 8 PM tonight.
Sh Anna Hazare visited Jantar Mantar in support of OROP of ex-servicemen. Some media channels have questioned the necessity to separate stage for Sh Anna Hazare. The fact is that ESM are sitting on RHS at JM for last 42 days. This stage is like a sacred temple to ESM and ESM are very emotionally attached to the stage and location. However this stage is not facing to the road and there is very little space in-front. It was not to make it possible to accommodate the large number of ESM expected to attend the event. Hence a new stage was erected at JM for Sh Anna Hazare’s program. On completion of planned program, Sh Anna Hazare came to the sacred temple to bless and encourage ESM on RHS. He extended full support to agitating ESM and confirmed that he can understand their agony being an ESM himself. OROP is our long pending demand and he requested Government to approve this without any delay and end this suspense. He also advised ESM that democracy is strengthened with agitation/movements like this. More than 5000 ESM from eight states had attended today’s agitation.
Sh Anna Hazare praised resolve of ESM to continue with agitation till Government issues notification for the OROP. Speakers after speakers expressed that they are losing faith in political leaders who do not fulfil their promises while asking for votes at the time of elections.
It was decided to move the agitation to next phase and in that it was planned that visibility of agitating ESM will be increased pan India. Kargil Vijay Divas run is the beginning of the shift into next phase. In this phase more towns will be included in the agitation. Today Kulu, Bilaspur, Reva have been added in the agitation.
Five ESM offered to go on fast un to death. These five ESM steadfast in their resolve to go on fast un to death. ESMs were finally convinced to give five more days to Government before resoring on such a strong step. Finally they agreed to popular request and have decided to wait for five more days and will start fast un to death from 1st of August.
Decision to boycott all Government functions by ESM was once again endorsed by the all present by raising hands in support.
Mood of agitators is upbeat and morale is very high. ESM took a vow to strengthen the agitation further and take it to new highs.
Today’s proceedings were widely covered by main media channels and reported live. Vernacular press also covered it widely.
Col Anil Kaul, VrC