Avoid Lokpal confrontation: Milli Council to Anna

Appealing to Anna Hazare to end his fast on Lokpal issue, a prominent Muslim body has asked the Gandhian to avoid confrontational situation.

New Delhi: Appealing to Anna Hazare to end his fast on Lokpal issue, a prominent Muslim body has asked the Gandhian to avoid a "confrontational situation" and allow a discussion among civil society, elected representatives and government to sort out the issue.

The All India Milli Council (AIMC) said, "We must say here that your life is too precious to be squandered away recklessly. Also, we are drifting slowly towards a confrontational situation which is not good for the health of the nation and our time-tested Constitutional institutions."

In a letter, AIMC general secretary Mohammed Manzoor Alam said that they request him to "terminate" his fast and let different civil society organisations, elected representatives and "democratically established" government sort out of the issues.

This will help in giving the "best possible deal in terms of a finely balanced Lokpal Bill that reflects all the major drafts, including the government`s," he said.

He said they were happy to learn that Hazare`s health was "stable".

"We are deeply concerned about the general state of your health which, we are sure, cannot stand so much of food deprivation for so long...We do not have too many Anna Hazares among us and we cannot afford such a fast," Alam said.

PTI

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