Ready to consider alternative venue for stir: Anna

Anna Hazare said he was ready to consider Delhi Police`s suggestion to opt for a site other than Jantar Mantar.

New Delhi: Anna Hazare on Sunday said he was
ready to consider Delhi Police`s suggestion to opt for a site
other than Jantar Mantar here for his indefinite fast on
Lokpal Bill issue from August 16 if all facilities were
provided for people to join his protest.

"If you don`t let us protest at Jantar Mantar, then
tell us another suitable place? If there is some good place
where there are facilities for all the people who join the
protest, then we have no problems.

"The issue is that corruption needs to be rooted out.
We are not worried about the venue," Hazare, who reached Delhi
this afternoon, said, adding that he was ready to think about
an alternative site.

Hazare`s remarks came as Delhi Police suggested that
he look for an alternative site in the city`s outskirts like
Burari in North Delhi or Ajmal Khan Park in West Delhi if he
wants to go ahead with his protest for more than a day.

Reacting to the Lokpal Bill cleared by the Union
Cabinet last Thursday, he said the legislation was weak. "This
is cheating. People will teach them a lesson," he said.

He said his protest from August 16 is not against
Parliament but against the "weak bill".

Delhi Police has said they have not taken a final view
on giving permission to Hazare`s protest at Jantar Mantar and
are awaiting reply from his team on certain points raised by

In a letter send to the Hazare team which sought
permission for the protest starting from August 16, police
have asked them to clarify how many days they propose to sit
on dharna and the expected number of people who will gather at
the protest site.

A senior police official said they have told the
Hazare team in the letter that police could give permission to
the Gandhian to hold the protest at Jantar Mantar if it is for
a day which could see a participation of not more than 2,000

"We have neither granted permission nor denied it as
of now. We are awaiting reply from them to our letter sent 10
days ago," a senior police official said.

Delhi Police has cited a 2009 order of the Supreme
Court and has said that they cannot give permission for
indefinite dharna anywhere in Delhi including in Jantar Mantar
as Parliament would be in session beginning August 1.

Police authorities said that no one group can be
allowed to capture the entire space at Jantar Mantar as many
groups conduct protests during this period (Parliament


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