Govt not showing concern for Anna`s health: Bedi

As Anna Hazare`s fast entered sixth day today, his Team accused the govt of not showing any concern for the health of the 73-year-old Gandhian.

Updated: Aug 21, 2011, 11:54 AM IST

New Delhi: As Anna Hazare`s fast entered
sixth day today, his Team on Sunday accused the Government of not
showing any concern for the health of the 73-year-old Gandhian
and demanded "pro-active steps" to pass Jan Lokpal Bill in
Parliament within the time "stipulated" by him.

"Anna has not eaten for six days but no one (in
government) looks concerned. MPs and government should take
pro-active steps to pass the Jan Lokpal bill in the stipulated
time," Hazare`s close associate Kiran Bedi said.

Hazare had on Friday raised the political stakes by
giving a deadline to the government to pass the Jan Lokpal
bill by August 30 failing which he would continue his fast
"till my last breath".
Government and Team Anna yesterday spoke of the need for
a dialogue on the Lokpal issue despite continuing rhetoric on
both sides.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, speaking on the issue
yesterday, had affirmed that there was "a lot of scope for
give and take" and that government was open to "discussion and
dialogue".
Following Singh`s comment, Arvind Kejriwal, who has
emerged as a hardliner in the Anna camp, had said that they
were ready for talks but asked "whom should we meet, where
should we meet and when should we meet."

PTI