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Updated: June 7, 2012 15:01 IST

‘Government, system can't tackle corruption'

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Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare greets Yoga Baba Ramdev during the day-long fast called by Ramdev at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday.
Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
The Hindu Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare greets Yoga Baba Ramdev during the day-long fast called by Ramdev at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Hence Lokpal and Lokayukta are needed all the more, says Anna Hazare

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Wednesday said Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram would be the first person to go to jail if the Lokpal Bill was passed.

Speaking to his supporters at Navi Mumbai, he said, “If the bill is passed, half the Cabinet of Manmohan Singh would be in jail,” and reiterated that the Prime Minister might be an honest man but the problem “is the remote control through which he is being controlled.”

Ramlila ground fiasco

Mr. Hazare said Mr. Chidambaram was the one who had hatched the conspiracy to arrest him in Delhi and send him back to Pune in August last “but I preferred to go to jail and the government was forced to give the Ramlila ground for the agitation [to end corruption through the Jan Lokpal Bill].” He said the government wanted to scuttle his protest last year like it did Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's agitation “by beating up sleeping women and children at midnight.”

The social activist said the government and the system could not deal with corruption now and hence institutions such as the Lokpal and the Lokayukta were needed all the more. “This government does not want to bring back black money stored abroad because many in the government have their money abroad.”

Will tour country

Mr. Hazare said he would continue to travel throughout the country with Baba Ramdev and once the Lok Sabha elections were declared , “with all my supporters on the streets and me on stage, we will tell them that you cannot come to power if you do not bring Lokpal.”

Mr. Hazare asked his supporters to be ready to go to jail. He said he was not against any particular party.

In Maharashtra, he said, six Cabinet Ministers and over 400 public servants were “forced to resign because of the anti-corruption campaigns launched by me.” He said he was instrumental in bringing in the Right to Information Act, which helped in unearthing many scams.

‘I don't want security'

Mr. Hazare said: “I have written three letters to the government saying I do not need security, but Maharashtra Home Minister R.R Patil insisted that I keep at least some security.

Security couldn't save Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi, how will it save me? If I have to die, I will die fighting rather than from heart attack.”

Mr. Hazare will conclude his Maharashtra tour on Thursday with a rally at Thane.

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I think that corruption will not end immediately with the passage of lokpal bill but it will certainly create fear to some extent among corrupt politicians and bureaucrats but the better way is to make way to the parliament in majority through elections and make government and then deal with corruption properly .

from:  prashant katiyar
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 05:26 IST

It is right and living reality that when a movement starts ,the revolutionaries have certain vision for uprooting the evils from the existing evils from The society, but as the revolution seems to be flourishing ,it diverts from its track and takes an ugly turn. History has witnessed thousands of revolutions which started with certain aim but ended deadly for the people who supported the revolution. French Revolution is one example which is very authentic and true to its nature ...

from:  Alam Sherghati
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 17:09 IST

Baba and Anna are not Mahatmas. They are ego centric and they seem to hold personal grudge against any one who question them.Some politicians praise and hug them in order to gain their support.They had some good objectives when they started their movement and as their support base expanded, they have lost their mind.They will not be able to sustain their momentum for long.

from:  Kousalya Murali
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 12:05 IST

There is no doubt that Government has dealt with the Anti-corruption crusaders very badly. Government has slapped unnecessary cases against them and tried to throw mud on each of them in some way, when there was no provocation from them. Now, Team Anna, each facing some pin pricks from Government feels justified in attacking the Ministers they suspect.
The midnight attack on Team Ram Dev was particularly bizarre and uncivilized.
That said, It is still better, if Anna and Team Anna refrain from personalized comments. If LOK PAL has to come -all MPs must be persuaded to vote for it first. Then, it will be the responsibility of Lok Pal to look at Individual cases. We can't be accusing each MP and yet expect them to vote for Lok Pal Bill.

from:  V.VIJAYAMOHAN
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 11:17 IST

Corruption can't be solved by attacking the existing institutions and
narrow outlook. These groups should give some positive inputs rather
than constantly perpetuating cynicism in the society.

from:  sanjay
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 10:47 IST

Anna Hazare is doiing nothing but misleading the innocent masses of the country on the name of uprooting corruption.Corruption is such a big problem which cannot be handled easily. It is the duty of every citizen of the country not to leap the corruption inside his or her life. By sending people jails or killing them is not the solution to this giant problem. You can punish the ministers in cabinet, but how can you punish thousands of people who are neck-deep submerged in corruption? Or how can we believe that you will not be corrupt when power comes to you? Every country has to suffer much at the hands of those who claim themselves to be very patriotic or well wishers.

from:  Alam Sherghati
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 10:43 IST
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