Hazare to move SC to stop ‘possible’ crackdown

Anna Hazare said he will approach the Supreme Court seeking its intervention to ensure that the government does "not suppress" his fast on Lokpal issue beginning August 16.

New Delhi: Veteran Gandhian and social activist Anna Hazare will approach the Supreme Court on Monday to ensure that he is allowed to protest August 16.

"The government says Ramdev`s campaign was crushed, in the same way Anna`s agitation will be crushed. Is this a democracy or autocracy? We will go to the Supreme Court Monday," Hazare told reporters yesterday.

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev`s campaign against corruption here was ended with a police crackdown on the night of June 4-5.

"In a democracy every citizen has the constitutional right to protest, so we will sit in protest on Aug 16," Hazare said.

Campaigning for a strong Lokpal bill to check corruption, Hazare fasted for five days in April. The government then set up a panel of five cabinet ministers and the Hazare team to draw up a Lokpal bill.

Although the two sides met more than once, the efforts failed following enormous differences between them.

Hazare then declared he will again fast from August 16 - if a comprehensive legislation was not brought in Parliament before that day.

IANS

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