Govt`s intentions over Lokpal Bill not good: Anna

An unrelenting Anna Hazare again chided the government, questioning its intentions in pursuing the course of a strong Lokpal Bill and charted out a programme of agitation for youths.

Updated: Jul 15, 2011, 23:40 PM IST

Pune: An unrelenting Anna Hazare again
chided the government, questioning its intentions in pursuing
the course of a strong Lokpal Bill and charted out a programme
of agitation for youths as a run-up to his proposed indefinite
fast in Delhi from August 16.
Noting that the government was opposing the draft
amendments submitted by his team in an effort to dilute the
authority of the anti-corruption ombudsman, Hazare said, "An
effort was made to defame the members of civil society on the
joint draft committee for the Lokpal Bill and the government
has activated its machinery to hound me.

"The intentions of the government are not good and they
do not appear sincere in their approach to enact a law that
would institute a strong and independent Lokpal to curb the
menace of corruption eating into the social fabric."

Asking youths to prepare themselves for the agitation
ahead, Hazare, addressing a public function here, urged them
to undertake `prabhat pheris` in the morning and candle light
marches in the evening from August 11, culminating into an
hour long switching off electricity from 8 pm to 9 pm on the
Independence Day (15 August) to "create a positive atmosphere"
ahead of his proposed fast-unto-death to press for a strong
Lokpal bill from August 16.
"Raise the slogan of `Bharat Mata Ki Jai` and `Inquilab
Zindabad` and carry the tricolour on your shoulders during the
processions from August 11. The government is not afraid of
Anna Hazare. It is afraid of the power of people behind him
which is supreme," he told a packed auditorium even as
hundreds listened to him on big screens put up outside.

Earlier, Kiran Bedi, member of the civil society,
spearheading the anti-corruption agitation under Hazare`s
leadership, who delivered the Prakash Kardaley memorial
lecture on the occasion, criticised the government draft of
the bill saying it would not benefit the common man harassed
by corruption in all walks of life.

"If you are fearless, you will get the Lokpal of Anna`s
vision and if you are afraid, you will get the government`s
Lokpal (with diluted authority)," she said.

PTI