New Delhi: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Friday warned of a bigger anti-corruption stir if his version of the Lokpal bill is not introduced by the 2014 General Elections.
Addressing a press conference soon after the all-party meeting called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed to arrive at a consensus on the Lokpal Bill, Hazare said, “Twenty-five people fighting against corruption have been killed. The government is insensitive on this. We will sit on dharna on March 25 at Jantar Mantar to seek protection of whistleblowers.”
While blaming the government of being insensitive, he said that the dharna at Jantar Mantar would seek protection for whistleblowers many of whom have been killed while exposing corruption cases.
Claiming that the present Lokpal Bill was not strong enough to stop corruption, he said that it was sad that the all-party meet failed to break the deadlock over the issue.
We will go to the people and could even protest at the Ramlila Maidan. The Assembly polls in five states are a clear indication about the people`s feeling. We will continue our agitation for a strong Lokpal Bill. If required we will sit on fast again," he said.
Hazare further stated that he and his team will build public opinion against the government`s "useless" Lokpal bill.
Referring to the poll results of five states in which the Congress fared badly, Hazare said the Congress will have to face poor results in the 2014 general elections if the bill is not passed.
"We are not fighting against the government but for the better future of citizens of this country. People want the Lokpal bill and they are enthusiastic about it," he told reporters.
"The government said yes to our bill (Jan Lokpal) in the joint committee, standing committee and even in Parliament, but reversed its decision suddenly," he added.
With Agency Input