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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Lokpal bill weak, govt cheating people: Anna

Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday accused the government of cheating the people by bringing a weak bill to 'save corrupt politicians,' a day after the Union cabinet approved the bill. Hazare also said that the Lokpal will be ineffective without control over the Central Bureau of  Investigation (CBI).

“If the CBI is outside then how will the Lokpal be strong. This system will save corrupt politicians. If CBI comes under Lokpal then P Chidambaram would be in jail. You are saving corrupt politicians and say it is a strong Lokpal," he said.

Hazare has also dropped the idea of seeing the proceeding of Parliament when the Lokpal Bill would be discussed and will proceed to Mumbai to start his three-day fast from December 27.

From December 30, Hazare will launch a 'jail bharo andolan' against the 'weak Lokpal Bill' and thereafter, start a campaign against the government in election bound states.

The activist, who had brought fight against corruption to the forefront, also expressed strong exception to the government introducing separate draft legislation for Citizen’s Charter. He said the move will mean people will have to run from pillar to post to get grievances redressed.

“How can the Lokpal be effective when Citizen's Charter is out of its purview. A person will have to go through various levels for redressal of his grievances, what to do? It's like fooling people," he said.

Hazare has cut short his tour to South India and returned to Ralegan Siddhi from Chennai early this week and his close aides said he was preparing for a long battle with the government.


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