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Updated: November 2, 2011 03:52 IST

In coming polls, we'll ask people not to vote for corrupt politicians: Hazare

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If an effective Jan Lokpal Bill is in place, it would help the country to get rid of corruption, Anna Hazare has said in his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. File photo
If an effective Jan Lokpal Bill is in place, it would help the country to get rid of corruption, Anna Hazare has said in his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. File photo

Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said he would tour the five poll-bound States after the winter session of Parliament and appeal to the people not to vote for corrupt politicians, though he would not name any party.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mr. Hazare said he would be forced to begin afresh a hunger strike if the government failed to keep its promise on Jan Lokpal Bill. He reminded Dr. Singh of his promise to bring in a strong Lokpal Bill in the winter session, which is scheduled to begin on November 22 and end on December 23.

“I ended my 12-day fast at the Ramlila Maidan after you gave me a written assurance through Vilasrao Deshmukh that a strong Jan Lokpal Bill will be introduced in the winter session. I will begin a hunger strike on the last day of the session if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed,” Mr. Hazare said.

To spread awareness

Chalking out the course of his agitation, he said his team would travel to various States to spread awareness about need for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill.

The Gandhian noted that he did not find it right that in spite of Dr. Singh's promises, some responsible people in the government and the Congress were casting doubts about introducing the Bill.

According to Mr. Hazare, 60 per cent of the corruption in the country could be tackled with the help of an effective Jan Lokpal Bill.

“Not even 10 paise in a rupee allotted is utilised for development. A strong Jan Lokpal Bill will ensure the utilisation of more funds for development work,” he said.

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Unfortunatley in a country like ours, no laws are enough. Our wily politicians will find a way to make money despite the bill. We already have enough laws. The only issue is we don't take it seriously unless we approach the courts. Point in talk, we have the EPA act to check against noise pollution which says that "no loud music or noise between 10 pm to 6 am". It is barely implemented nor anybody in the police station is aware of it. I had to take a printout of it and submit at the police station to get the temples in my area to stop playing music in unearthly hours. Just throw the person in jail for breaking a rule like in Singapore or Saudi Arabia and we don't need bills nor people like Anna. Of course we should start by building more jails because our entire governments would function from over there.

from:  Sridhar
Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 at 19:29 IST

Given that most of the candidates invariably have criminal or corrupt backgrounds cutting across party lines, which one would Anna support. Complete boycott is not democracy when everyone seems unsuitable. By talking too much about electoral politics and blackmailing the ruling party all the time, Anna doesn't seem to help himself or his movement. Anna & Lieutenants seems to be nurturing ambition of establishing a "Super Nanny" Lokpal which will have all unlimited authority & not accountable to anyone. This effectively means - Pushing us from democracy to a absolute dictatorship where the Parliamentary and Executive pillars of our constitution will have to constantly live under fear severely affecting decision making and growth. We need a effective Lokpal bill which can come out only by negotiation (both sides gives & takes). Anna is too adamant & not ready to listen to genuine concerns of Government. THIS ISN'T HOW A DEMOCRACY WORKS. Even MK Gandhi settled for 2 states for independence

from:  Hemnath
Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 at 18:58 IST

In future people should not vote for a corrupt/tainted guys even he is with any party.They should vote only for person with clean/moralistic with ethics image person whoever he/she may be.Therefore the profile of each and every candidate should be closely studied/analysed before voting and some NGO/agency should help!!

from:  G.A.RAJ
Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 at 12:06 IST

Many people seem to be jealous of the great fame Anna Hazare has achieved all over he country in a short time. People in power loot the country day in and day out and nobody mentions it. But those like Anna who accuse those looters are branded criminal offenders on the basis of mere allegations. What a shame!

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 at 11:22 IST

I am a strong supporter of jan lokpal. This bill will definitely not wipe out corruption but will definitely help in curbing or controlling it. And as some of the comments mentioned annaji is acting unreasonable and hard. Well i feel its necessary.just remember due to such protests we are able to stop congress from passing a jokepal few months back.

from:  mahesh
Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 at 02:48 IST

Annaji, please use your own wisdom while taking decisions and do not fall prey to the "Gang of four" ( 2 Ks and 2 Bs) within your own team. I am certain this gang of four is having its own agenda hidden.

from:  umagandhi
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 17:44 IST

Anna Hazera believes that he is bigger than the Constitution of India, otherwise, he would not be threatening the Prime Minister of India in the language that he has done. I for myself do not appreciate many of the decisions of the UPA government and have even been disturbed by the level of alleged corruption but nothing authorises an individual to use thretening language against the highest functionary of the country......possibly Anna believes that it is elevating his image. He is wrong. He should know where his position as a moralistic personality begins and....ends.

from:  Sudhansu Mohan Mishra
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 17:39 IST

It is just like who will get the credit for Lokpal Bill. Mr.Manmohan's govt. want to take credit, Anna wants to take credit and RSS wants to take credit. It is just like RTI act, where Mr.Manmohan Singh's Govt. wants to take credit, Ms. Aruna roy wants to take credit and now even Kejriwal, who was ousted from the Aruna's NGO also wants to take credit. The LOKPAL Bill was ready even before Anna started agitation. Some modifications are being done. So we will give full credit to Mr.Manmohan Singh. Without his wishes no Anna or Kejriwal can get the Bill. Mr. Manmohan Singh is only using Anna to pressurize the opposition to get the bill passed.

from:  Binod
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 17:36 IST

Anna should stop this type of talk. He is reducing his stature by such things.this will result in the old story of "SHER AA GIYA, SHER AA GIYA"
& it will become difficult for him to face public.
let the winter session start &if Govt. fails to do anything, then he should announce his next course of action.

from:  democrat
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 16:57 IST

Another blackmail?The government should come down heavily on them. They
are equal to Maoists in urban areas.I don't know why more
intellectuals are not voicing against such threats issued by a
group.When Irom Sharmila fasts no one cares, when a true sadhu who
fasted for Ganga cleansing and died, nobody cared, then why are we
giving importance to blackmailers.The Hindu I request
should do more journalism about this phenomena that has captured
people who are blindly believing just a lokpal bill will resolve all

from:  Prem
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 16:57 IST

Does Anna any more have any moral right to fight against corruption with his tainted and shameless lieutenants, Kiran Bedi and Kejriwal who brazenly proclaim, "Yes, we swindle others and make money, so what ? We will not tolerate corruption by those not aligned with Anna !" ?

from:  abhimanyu
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 16:55 IST

Good At the end the target is clear.Its not a problme whether i m wrong and anna ji wrong or team member of anna ji wrong ..But target shoud be clear that need a strong jan lokpal bill

from:  Jitendra Kumar Kar
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 16:41 IST

Congress spending crores with the help of Secular media to break Anna Team, be careful. We are with you Anna.

from:  Sudhir
Posted on: Nov 1, 2011 at 16:27 IST
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