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Anna Hazare backs Ramdev, says no competition

On Ramdev`s proposed fast, Anna Hazare said `we are fully supporting his movement`.



New Delhi: Civil Society members led by
Anna Hazare on Friday fully backed Baba Ramdev`s proposed
indefinite fast and said there was no competition to outshine
anyone by any group as they all are working together.

"It is not a competition. Ultimately we will have to
think about the country. We will have to think about the
welfare of the people. Ramdev is taking up some issues. Anna
Hazare has taken up some issues. No one is outshining anyone,"
Hazare`s close associate Arvind Kejriwal said.

On Ramdev`s proposed fast, he said "we are fully
supporting his movement."

Asked about government`s observation that there was no
consensus among the civil society, he retorted saying
has there been any consensus among the 543 MPs in Parliament
on any issue.

"I want to ask the Ministers who said there is no
consensus among the civil society, has there been any
consensus in Parliament on any issue barring the issue of
raising their salaries. In democracy there is bound to be
various shades of opinion," he said.

On hurdles in the talks with the government for
drafting the Lokpal Bill, he said they will keep fighting
for their demands.

"If we feel government is going to give us a weak
legislation, then there will be no option but to go to the
streets again. If there is division in the civil society, does
that mean we should not have a Lokpal bill," he said on the
sidelines of a consultation meeting with media personnel on
the proposed bill.

PTI

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