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Why did Anna agree for such a `jokepal`, asks Arvind Kejriwal

By Sushmita Dutta | Last Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 00:24

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: After Anna Hazare hailed the draft Lokpal Bill, Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday expressed his surprise on the matter and said that the anti-graft crusader was being misled.

"I m really surprised. How can Anna accept sarkari lokpal bill? Sarkari lokpal is a "jokepal". Who is misguiding Anna?" Kejriwal tweeted.

On Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress` support for the Lokpal Bill, Kejriwal posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter – "It is also interesting to see that both BJP n Cong have agreed on this `jokepal`."

The AAP leader further tweeted, "What does this jokepal achieve? CBI has not been made autonomous. CBI will continue to be under govt`s control."

He reasoned that this Bill does not contain any of the three most important provisions that the Jan Lokpal Bill espoused by Hazare and his team contained.

The government yesterday brought the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill to the Rajya Sabha in an amended form.

Hazare, who has been fasting for the last five days for passage of Lokpal Bill, today said he was happy with the amended legislation presented in the Rajya Sabha and would call off his hunger strike the moment the law was enacted.

"I will call off my fast as soon as the bill is passed by the Rajya Sabha, the Lok Sabha endorses it and the President signs it into a law," Anna had said.

While showing his disagreement on the present form of Lokpal Bill, Kejriwal further tweeted, "Whatever Anna may say, we will continue our fight for janlokpal bill till our last breath."

First Published: Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 22:30

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