Anna to fast in jail if not allowed to protest

Anna Hazare said he will sit on an idenfinite fast in jail if police does not give permission for his proposed protest at Ramlila Maidan.

Updated: Dec 03, 2011, 22:12 PM IST

Ralegan Siddhi: Anna Hazare on Saturday said he
will sit on an idenfinite fast in jail if police does not give
permission for his proposed protest at Delhi`s Ramlila Maidan
later this month for a strong Lokpal.

"I will sit on a fast in jail. Who can stop me from going
on a fast in jail? Nobody can stop in jail," he told reporters
when asked what he will do if police denies permission for
holding his fast from December 27 if a strong Lokpal Bill is
not passed in the Winter Session of Parliament.
Team Anna has sought permission from Delhi Police for a
fast by Hazare from December 27 to June five at the Ramlila
Maidan if the bill is not passed in the ongoing Parliament
session.

He said he had sat on a fast in Delhi`s Tihar Jail in
August when the government did not give him permission to sit
on a dharna in the capital.
"The plan was to do what they did with (yoga guru)
Ramdev. They wanted to take me to airport when I am released
from jail. An Air Force plane was ready at the Delhi airport.

They would have taken me to Pune..." he alleged.

He said the government`s plans got derailed when he
refused to get out of jail without being given a site to
protest.

Asked whether he was putting pressure on government,
Hazare said the protest was not against the government or
Congress. "It is not against Rahul Gandhi or Prime Minister,"
he added.

Yesterday, Hazare had alleged that Rahul Gandhi might
have intervened to reverse a Parliamentary Standing Committee
decision to include Group C employees under the ambit of
Lokpal.

PTI