Anna Hazare plans fresh stir against ‘jokepal’ bill

first_imgA day after the joint Lokpal panel meeting ended in a deadlock, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said the government had no intention to fight the graft and that he would start another satyagraha on August 16. Team Anna has said there are no discussions at the meetings and the govt is simply trying to push its version through. “What is the point of a joint panel, if there are two drafts,” Hazare, who was flanked by other civil society members, including RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, said on Thursday. “I was surprised by the government stand on the Lokpal bill,” said Hazare, who has threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing the government of being uninterested in a strong bill. Referring to the government announcements on two drafts in case of disagreements, Hazare had stated earlier that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore. Hazare had led a mass indefinite hunger strike at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar in April.  Kejriwal said the government has refused to listen to the arguments of the civil society members, saying even 20% of the basic issues were not discussed at the meetings. Calling the Lokpal meetings a farce, Kejriwal said if the Lokpal bill was introduced in Parliament without civil society’s grievances being addressed, it would be ‘a jokepal bill’. He said the government has also refused to give any promise on sharing the audio recordings of the meetings.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img

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