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Govt version of Lokpal, a joke on nation: Hazare

Anna Hazare team raised its pitch on the Lokpal Bill demanding that its version be placed before Parliament.



New Delhi: Questioning Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh`s honesty, the Anna Hazare team on Monday raised
its pitch on the Lokpal Bill demanding that its version be
placed before Parliament, saying that the "weak" government
draft was a "joke" played on the nation.

Hazare stood firm on his threat to go on indefinite fast
from August 16 and announced that a referendum will be
conducted from July 21 in Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency
from where HRD Minister Kapil Sibal was elected.

The Gandhian also shot off a letter to the Prime Minister
seeking to punch holes in the government`s stand on the
anti-corruption law and alleging that the Centre and state
governments were pointing fingers at each other to avoid a
strong institution to fight corruption.

"The government`s draft prepared by the five ministers in
the joint drafting committee is a joke played on the nation.
The scope of the draft is so confined that it does not address
the corruption faced by common man," Hazare said in the
letter to Singh informing about his fast from August 16.

Referring to reported statements by some leaders and
ministers that his protest will meet the same fate as that of
yoga guru Ramdev, he told reporters it was "not right" for
anyone to talk like that as it is one`s fundamental right to
protest.
Swami Agnivesh, a core member of the Hazare team, sought
to question Singh`s honesty, saying that he was elected to the
Rajya Sabha after being shown as a resident of Assam after
renting a room in the house of former Chief Minister Hiteshwar
Saikia.

"You (Singh) got elected from Assam saying you are a
resident of the state. You are not from Assam. You are from
Punjab. Prime Minister talks about honesty. What is this,
honesty?" Agnivesh said, adding that he has to listen to the
voice of the people of Assam on the Lokpal issue.

PTI

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