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Hazare begins fast on Ramlila grounds

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Social activist Anna Hazare at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Friday. Mr. Hazare made a surprise announcement that he would not leave the fast venue till the bill is passed. Photo: V. Sudershan
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Social activist Anna Hazare at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Friday. Mr. Hazare made a surprise announcement that he would not leave the fast venue till the bill is passed. Photo: V. Sudershan

Asks government to pass amended Lokpal Bill in this session

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Friday continued his agitation on the Ramlila grounds, demanding a strong and effective Lokpal Bill. Officially, he has permission to undertake a fast at the venue for two weeks. This, Team Anna said, could be extended by another two weeks.

He reached the Ramlila grounds from the Tihar jail to a tumultuous welcome.

Upping the ante, Mr. Hazare demanded that an amended Lokpal Bill, that incorporated the provisions of the Jan Lokpal Bill, should be passed in the current session of Parliament itself. “The government knows how to do it. It has majority in Parliament and in the Standing Committee. It should do it in this very session,'' he said at a press conference.

Calling upon youth to set an example to the world by leading a non-violent and peaceful “revolution,” he said the “second struggle for freedom'' had begun.

Unprecedented crowds braved monsoon rain to greet Mr. Hazare when he emerged from the Tihar jail.

Arvind Kejriwal, a core member of Team Anna, said: “The government is using Parliament and the Standing Committee as a shield for the weak Bill it has brought and needs to be exposed.''

Lawyer and Mr. Hazare's associate Prashant Bhushan said if the government had any doubts about what the people wanted, it should go in for a referendum on the civil society's Jan Lokpal Bill versus the “sarkari” Lokpal Bill.

I think Ministers in the Govt. are very much afraid about the Jan Lokpal bill drafted by Team Anna, not due to they think this will put a question mark in the sovereinity of the Country, but they know that after the passing of this bill 90% ministers will be in Jail within a year.

from:  Ranajit Dey
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 10:30 IST

Here comes the first Independence of India through Anna,Ramdev started Crusade against corruption..In 1947 it was bloody communal partition of India due to power greed of Nehru uprooting mammoth 15% population of innocent Indians after butchering of more than a million and rapes ,horrific insults of countless women folk,.Calling it a non violent Independence is great insult to those unfortunates.

from:  naresh
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 10:29 IST

we want strong lokpal law because we want good goverment and good president

from:  jagadhesan
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 08:19 IST

Congress is very cleverly moved in the matter first they aside opposition and make a joint committee with civil society. In pressure of Public movement opposition set aside. Now after separating opposition from the movement congress took a step to aside civil society also and present their lokpal bill in parliament. Now the govt. bring parliament in front of Civil society. Now as per general practice govt bills are passed with minor amendment with recommendations of standing committee of parliament to which is referred. Now look at the committee to whom it is referred its chairman is Abhiseh Manu singhvi having more than 75% members of UPA and rest seats are vacant so what will be the result of the bill in parliament. This is the question raised by Civil society which is very well concern with functioning of parliament. This is the basic reason why civil society is demanding to present the bill by govt. should be enough good to work.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 06:36 IST

If Anna Hazare's efforts should not end up as that of Baba Ramdev's, he should not change his stance from time to time, relenting first to 15 days fast and modifying the same to a further duration or insisting that his version of Jan Lokpal bill should be passed in toto this monsoon session itself. The opinions expressed by other parties also seem to point that they are not happy with either of the versions of the Lokpal bill, 'Jan' or 'sarkari'; that Anna Hazare is impatient and not allowing Parliament to debate; that if he is not satisfied, only nationwide referendum can be the alternative. Parliamentary process should be given its due course to discuss and implement. He should not be carried away by the popularity of his call; by over emphasizing he should not play in to the realms of technical/constitutional trespassing that could undermine his noble mission and give the government a chance to gain upper hand.

from:  M.R.Sampath
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 06:05 IST

Our Prime Minister should not continue the policy of wait and see further. He should expediously start the process of inviting the members of the committee formed to prepre the Janlokpal Bill ,i.e. Justice Santhosh Hegde and others,in order to arrive at a consensus over the draft, instead of clinging to the one drafted by the nexus of Chidu, Sibal etc, who are apparently hastening to complete the task of hitting the last nail to the coffin of Congress ,a step preparatory for the next election to the parliament.Perhaps, it is already late, which anybody can see.We are seeing a burning Rome, and are surprised to see our Neero fiddling(perhaps with a party constrait)Let our social scientist remember that ,not the parliament, but the people have to give a law to themselves through an institutional procedure of parliament.This right of the People of India,is not mortgaged by them to Chidu,or Sibal just because they ,or their party had gained a few more votes

from:  Prof.P.Sripati Tantri
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 01:19 IST

Anna Hazare brings to mind the story of the Pied Piper which I studied when i was in school. He is blowing music and like the all the rats that followed him blindly in huge numbers so is he making a fool of the entire country. Most of us even do not know what is his real agenda. He has given his hints showing that he in not neutral but a mouth piece of a certain political party. What is he trying to achieve, show all the youth and the illiterate of India that we can do as we want and not bother about the law or any other bodies in place. The smile in all the the photographs that show him clearly show that HE IS NOT a Gandhian but using the fair name of the father of our nation to achieve publicity. His next step will be to stand for election. The media is creating a super hype and making fools of our country. We have seen what the media is capable of in India and also a latest example in UK. Corruption has to go but not the way individuals are showing it should go.

from:  Ivan
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 00:34 IST
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