Call to launch ‘jail bharo' if Bill is not passed by August 16
Setting a deadline of August 16 for the Union Government to clear the Lok Pal Bill, the 73-year-old anti-corruption campaign crusader, Anna Hazare, on Saturday appealed to the people of the State to launch ajail bharomovement if the deadline is not met.
“I will stage another protest at Jantar Mantar if the Bill is not cleared by then. I want you people, including veteran freedom fighters, to support the campaign by resorting to a jail bharo protest. The protest should be so intense that no jail in the State should have any space. Where will the government lodge protesters then?” Mr. Hazare remarked while addressing a public meeting in Bangalore as part of the ongoing exercise to muster the support of the people of the country for the anti-corruption campaign.
A sizeable number of people from various walks of life sat under the hot sun for almost four hours listening to Mr. Hazare, who is on a first visit to the State after launching the anti-corruption campaign.
Patriotic fervour gripped the occasion as people waved national flags and shouted patriotic slogans.
Mr. Hazare, in the manner of a grandfather speaking to his grandson, said the youth could do better work than him if they believed in positive thinking, maintained a spotless image and developed strength to digest insults, besides being ready to make a little bit of sacrifice.
He asked people to desist from having consideration towards parties and persons when the governments do not work properly. “People's power is stronger than that of governments. If the government does not understand people's language, there is nothing wrong in bringing it down,” he said.
Social activist Swami Agnivesh urged people to prepare a list of 50 most-wanted corrupt persons in each State so that they could be sent to jail with the help of the Lok Pal Bill as soon as it becomes an Act. “You will see how the country will get real freedom after this Bill is adopted,” he said.
RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal read out important provisions of the Jan Lok Pal Bill and took the crowd's consent for going ahead with them.
‘Protest should be so intense that jails will have no space left' See how the country will get real freedom after this Bill is adopted: Swami Agnivesh
‘Protest should be so intense that jails will have no space left'
See how the country will get real freedom after this Bill is adopted: Swami Agnivesh