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Updated: March 14, 2012 00:42 IST

Anna to undertake fast at Jantar Mantar on Sunday

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Anna Hazare in Noida
Anna Hazare in Noida

Social activist Anna Hazare and his team will observe a one-day fast at Jantar Mantar here on Sunday to press for acceptance of the Jan Lokpal Bill, which according to them, not only has strong provisions to fight corruption but also provides for state protection to whistle-blowers.

“There have been several instances of violence against whistle-blowers and honest citizens and officers. The government removed the provision from its version of the Lokpal Bill. The separate Whistle-blowers Bill that has been introduced in Parliament is weak and ineffective,'' said a spokesperson for India Against Corruption.

Taking forward their ongoing agitation in Bhopal condemning the killing of IPS officer Narendra Kumar, they will hold country-wide protests on March 18, although Mr. Hazare will be fasting in New Delhi. This will be his first fast after the abandoned Mumbai agitation last year when he took ill.

Last April, Mr. Hazare went on fast at Jantar Mantar to press for acceptance of their Jan Lokpal Bill after which the government had formed a joint drafting committee to frame an anti-corruption legislation. He again undertook an indefinite fast at Ramlila Ground in August to press for the Lokpal Bill to be tabled and passed in Parliament. The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha but was not put to vote in the Rajya Sabha as the government held there were too many amendments moved by the Opposition and the Trinamool Congress.

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Anna Hazare's fast for Shri Narendra Kumar's murder is a political stunt to keep him in the public limelight. He did not go on fast against BJP's well documented corruption cases in Karnataka where BJP's govrnment ministers looted govrnment treasury and its mining wealth. In the murder of Shri Narendra Kumr he sees as an emotional issue to which he can latch on and remain in public eyes. His fasts have run their courses. Now they are a public
political stunts rather than cry of a caring man.

from:  Mohammad Imran
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 21:51 IST

Why CM of Madhyapradesh is afraid of handing the inquiry to CBI? An honest officer happens to be an asset of people and his sacrifice must be valued. Let there be justice in uch a way so as to be seen by the people that justice cannot be politicised by politicians who lack moral values.

from:  Dr. RS Gathala Fmr. IAS Rajasthan
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 21:43 IST
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