Team Anna to chalk out plan for proposed protest

Team Anna will meet here for two days in the second week of December to chalk out its strategy for the proposed indefinite protest announced by Anna Hazare demanding a strong Lokpal Bill.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 12:42 PM IST

Delhi: Team Anna will meet here for two
days in the second week of December to chalk out its strategy
for the proposed indefinite protest announced by Anna Hazare
demanding a strong Lokpal Bill.

The meeting will be held on December 14 and 15 after
Hazare holds a one-day protest in Jantar Mantar on December 11
to protest against the "watered down" report of Parliamentary
Standing Committee on Lokpal.

"We will sit and decide the mode of protest in the second
week of December," prominent Team Anna member Manish Sisodia
said.

Hazare has already announced that he will sit on an
indefinite dharna from December 27 at Ramlila Maidan if
Parliament does not pass a strong Lokpal Bill. Team Anna has
already approached MCD and Delhi Police for permission.

Reacting to the U-turn by Parliamentary Standing
Committee on the Bill, Sisodia said their protest was not
limited to inclusion of Group C employees but it also covers
appointment process and issue of CBI among others.

"All inspectors, including police inspectors, ration
inspectors, junior engineers are covered under Group C and if
they are excluded from Lokpal, what purpose a commonman is
going to get from Lokpal," he said.

Referring to the formulation of Standing Committee that
Lokpal will forward complaints to CBI, another team member
Kiran Bedi said, "In Standing Committee report, CBI now has
three bosses -- CVC, Lokpal and of course the government
through Department of Personnel. Now it has 9 Lokpals too. CBI
groans? Silently."

The Committee had yesterday overturned its two key
decisions within a day and favoured exclusion of group C
officials from Lokpal and not to tamper with the present
selection process of CBI Director despite opposition by at
least 10 members.

PTI