Minister appeals Anna not to go on hunger strike

Last Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 23:35

Ranchi: Union Minister of state for Planning
Ashwani Kumar on Saturday appealed to civil rights activist Anna
Hazare not to go ahead with hunger strike as Lokpal Bill was
still in the proposal stage.

"My appeal to Anna Hazare is to wait till the proposal go
through the democratic process by standing committee, debate
and discussions in Parliament," Kumar told reporters here.
He asked Hazare to wait till completion of all the
democratic processes on the draft proposal, hours after the
civil activist in Delhi told reporters that he had not got a
venue for his protest on August 16.

"Hunger strike was a weapon of Mahatma Gandhiji against
the British because of foreign rule. But now governments are
elected democratically and any one disagreeing with its views
can participate in elections to unseat it," Kumar added.
Kumar is on a two-day visit to Jharkhand to inspect
Centrally sponsored welfare schemes.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, August 13, 2011 - 23:35

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