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Thursday, August 25, 2011

ANNALILA: Anna demands debate in Parliament from tomorrow!


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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 25, 2011.

A young supporter waives National flags at Ramlila Maidan, where Anna Hazare fasting in support of Jan Lokpal Bill for the tenth day, in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
A young supporter waives National flags at Ramlila Maidan, where Anna Hazare fasting in support of Jan Lokpal Bill for the tenth day, in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt.


Reacting to Parliament’s appeal to end his fast, Anna Hazare on Thursday demanded that Parliament discuss three key issues on Jan Lokpal from Friday and create an agreement, failing which he will not end his fast.

“I have sent a message to the Prime Minister. If you want to pass Jan Lokpal bill then start the discussion tomorrow morning. I have three demands. If there is support (for them), then I can consider ending the fast,” he told his supporters at the Ramlila Maidan here.

He was reacting to the appeal from Parliament that he end his fast after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made an offer to the civil society that the Jan Lokpal Bill will be discussed by Parliament.

Mr. Hazare's three demands to the Prime Minister includes, citizen’s charter, Lokayuktas in all States with Lokpal powers and inclusion of lowest to highest bureaucracy under the ambit of the Bill.

"If there is agreement on all these three issues then I can consider ending my fast but not protest," he said.
Mr. Hazare said he has sent this message through Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh when he came to meet him at the fast site and appealed to him to end his hunger strike.

“You (PM) say, you are worried. Now he is saying that we are worried but for ten days you were not worried. It went on like this,” he said, adding the government had betrayed him twice in the past and now he would not like to be betrayed for the third time.


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