Referendum on Lokpal Bill in Sibal`s seat

Volunteers of the India Against Corruption initiative will go to households in Chandini Chowk and seek their opinion on the two versions of the Lokpal Bill.

Updated: Jul 21, 2011, 18:37 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Team Anna Hazare will carry out a "referendum" on Lokpal Bill from Thursday in the capital`s Chandni Chowk, the Lok Sabha constituency from where HRD Minister Kapil Sibal was elected.

Volunteers of the India Against Corruption initiative will go to households in the constituency and seek their opinion on the two versions of the Lokpal Bill.

Activist Arvind Kejriwal said they will be approaching seven lakh house-holds in Chandni Chowk constituency from where Sibal had won in 2009 general elections. "He is the government`s face of Lokpal. So we decided to hold the referendum in his constituency.

"From July 21 to 24, our volunteers will visit his constituency, leave the questionnaire and collect it two days later. There will be eight questions, including whether Prime Minister should be brought under Lokpal," he said.

If the people, he said, votes for the civil society version, then they will ask Sibal whether he will go by the party High Command or people`s wishes.

He said they expect to publish the results by July 27.

Kejriwal said the survey sheets will be "optical mark recognition (OMR)" sheets which will be tabulated using computers.

Besides Chandini Chowk, the referendum will be sought in nine other constituencies across the country including that of former Law Minister Veerappa Moily.

Anna Hazare has already announced that if government does not agree on ‘non-negotiable` proposals, except for inclusion of Prime Minister and judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal, which could be discussed before the standing committee, he will go on an indefinite fast from August 16.