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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Team Anna steps up pressure, asks Congress 'high command' stand on Lokpal

NEW DELHI: Stepping up pressure on the Lokpal issue with a rally in the capital, Team Anna today wanted the Congress high command to make clear its position on this legislation since its word was "final", accusing government of betraying the anti-graft movement.

Hundreds of Anna Hazare  supporters, carrying national flags and wearing T-shirts with his name, participated in a car and bike rally to build support for the activist's version of Lokpal bill--the Janlokpal bill.

About 400 cars and bikes participated in the rally organised by India Against Corruption  (IAC), the umbrella organisation of Hazare's anti-graft movement, ahead of his planned protest at Jantar Mantar on December 11 to express their disappointment with the government's version of the anti-corruption law.

"We want to hear the high command, what does the high command want? If the high command wants the right kind of bill, it will come. It is the high command's word, which is final... What does the high command want?", asked Team Anna member Kiran Bedi  during the rally here.

Waving flags, Bedi and some of her supporters sat on the hood of the car waved to people lined up on the two sides of the rally route.

The rally started from Rajghat in central Delhi and terminated at Tughlakabad Maidan in south Delhi.

Bedi also said there was a need to make people aware of government's moves on the Lokpal bill.

"We have to spread the word that the government is betraying us. Everyone doesn't have the knowledge about what is going on," the former IPS officer said.

Bedi and another Team Anna member and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan led the rally.

Hazare had announced that he will hold a one-day stir at Jantar Mantar on December 11 to protest against the "watered down" report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal.


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