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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Delhi: Hundreds gather for Team Anna's show of strength

New Delhi: Hundreds showed up on Sunday in a show of strength by Team Anna ahead of the December 11 dharna that Anna Hazare has called, over demands for the Lokpal Bill.

Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said, "They have gone back on whatever the Prime Minister and Parliament had promised. Keeping the CBI under their control they have shown they are not serious about tackling corruption. It's a useless Lokpal. It seems whatever Anna fasted for has been wasted."

Clearly Team Anna and the government is on collision course again, the rally in the national capital could well mark the beginning of the third chapter for the demand of the Lokpal Bill.

Parliamentary Standing Committee vetting the Lokpal Bill is likely to recommend against some key Anna demands like bringing the Prime Minister and group C and D employees under the ambit of the Lokpal. The judiciary has also been kept out of the purview of the anti-graft watchdog.

Some opposition parties including the BJP may give a dissent note when the recommendations are tabled in Parliament.

The Standing Committee report is likely to be tabled in Parliament later this week. In the absence of a political consensus and Team Anna also sticking to its earlier stand, the question remains as to whether a middle path can be ever achieved.


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