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Won’t approach Govt on Lokpal Bill uninvited: Anna

Last Updated: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 19:59

Won’t approach Govt on Lokpal Bill uninvited: Anna
Pune: Accusing the government of betraying
him on the Jan Lokpal bill, Anna Hazare on Thursday said he would
not approach them on this issue to fight corruption

The 74-year-old social activist also said he would
decide on the future course of his Team`s agitation in support
of the Jan Lokpal Bill after meeting his team members in Delhi

Addressing a function here, Hazare said he would not
approach the Government "uninvited" on the Jan Lokpal bill.

"I will go to Delhi tomorrow to attend a meeting of
our team members to decide on future course of the agitation,"
he said.

"Once the future direction is fixed, I will set out on a
nation-wide tour for a year-and-a-half to create awareness
among the people on the issue. And once the notification of
the 2014 Lok Sabha poll is issued, I will sit at Ramlila
maidan with people in my front holding the tri-colour", he

Later, talking to reporters, Hazare said he would
undertake his country-wide tour after expanding the Core

Asked if his movement was losing popular support,
Hazare quipped "You will see".

Against the backdrop his hunger strike in Mumbai
fizzling out, the Gandhian said, "the agitation in Mumbai
lacked planning whereas the media also focussed on
the empty spaces of the vast ground".

The anti-graft crusader also demanded implementation
of section 4 of the RTI Act making it mandatory for all
government departments to open their websites to ensure
transparency, saying enactment of the independent ombudsman is
the "next step" of RTI to punish the corrupt.

A book on RTI Act written by Vijay Kumbhar was
released by Hazare on the occasion.

Team Anna yesterday accused the ruling Congress of
"sabotaging" the Jan Lokpal Bill.


First Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 19:59
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