Punjab Congress appeals to Hazare to end fast
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 00:27
Chandigarh: The Congress' Punjab unit on Friday appealed to Anna Hazare to end his 11-day-old fast on Jan Lokpal bill.

PPCC chief Amarinder Singh said it is important to take the anti-graft movement to its logical conclusion, but at the same time 74-year-old Hazare's health is a cause of concern.

The entire nation has acknowledged Hazare's contribution in bringing the issue of corruption to the forefront of the public discourse, he said.

Singh pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reiterated his commitment to bring a strong Lokpal and Parliament has started the debate on the bill.

The former Punjab Chief Minister maintained that Hazare had stirred the nation's conscience. At the same time, he said, it was important to acknowledge that Manmohan Singh has shown "unfailing commitment" to weed out corruption from the government.

"People have been divested of their ministerial and Chief Ministerial portfolios and some even put behind bars which show the keenness and commitment of the government led by Manmohan Singh," Singh said, while appealing Hazare that he should have faith in the Prime Minister whose integrity was above board.

Singh vowed that the Congress will strengthen the institution of Lokayukta when it comes to power in Punjab.

Meanwhile, a bandh called by social organisations in Hisar to express solidarity with Hazare evoked overwhelming response as most of the shops, commercial establishments remained closed.

Shops in main bazaars including Rajguru Market, Nagori Gate, Moti Bazar, Sabji Mandi, Grain Market, Railway road downed their shutters.

A number of people gathered at old government college ground and raised slogans in support of Hazare.

However, services of trains and Haryana Roadways were not affected by the bandh.

Supporters of Hazare also raised slogans in front of the residences of MP Naveen Jindal and MLA Savitri Jindal.

In Ludhiana, over 300 employees of a textile firm donated blood to express solidarity with Hazare.

The employees and workers of various units belonging to Sportking Group of Industries donated blood at the company premises here.


First Published: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 00:27

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