Hazare warns govt against doing `hanky panky` with Lokpal Bill

Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Friday warned the government that if it did "something hanky panky" with the Lokpal bill he would again undertake a fast-unto-death.

Updated: May 27, 2011, 21:05 PM IST

Bangalore: Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare
on Friday warned the government that if it did "something hanky
panky" with the Lokpal bill he would again undertake a
fast-unto-death.
"If the Jan Lokpal bill becomes a law, it will eradicate
corruption 60-70 per cent. It will lay the foundation for
total eradication of corruption," he said addressing villagers
in Begur village in Bangalore Rural district.

Hazare, who had undertaken an indefinite fast in Delhi to
press for anti-graft legislation last month, asked the
villagers to be ready for a nationwide protest if Lokpal bill
was not implemented.

Likening his campaign against corruption to "first aid if
one gets hurt", he said to root out corruption completely it
is necessary that right values are inculcated from childhood
and this can be done most effectively by the womenfolk.

Hazare said he had tried his best to realise the dream of
Mahatma Gandhi, of eradication of corruption and rural
development by developing a model village in his home state of
Maharashtra.
"My village which 13 years ago had 40 places where arrack
was manufactured now has none. Nobody smokes or even partakes
gutka in my village", he said.

Despite leading a spartan life "with no bank balance", he
was healthy and very happy which "many crorepatis do not
enjoy".

"I live in a temple, have only a bed to sleep and a plate
to eat but I am still very happy and content. At the age of
76, I am agile and healthy as I have no vices", he said.

PTI