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Saturday, August 27, 2011

ANNALILA: Cracks in Anna camp, Hegde wants fast called off!

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 26, 2011.

Children wearing masks of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare gather at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Friday.
Children wearing masks of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare gather at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Friday - AP.

There were growing signs of differences within the Anna Hazare camp over the continuance of the Gandhian’s fast with former Karantaka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde on Friday joining another associate, Swami Agnivesh, in saying that the hunger strike should be called off now.

Mr. Hegde, also a member of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill, strongly disapproved of Mr. Hazare’s insistence on “having his way” in Parliament, saying “I feel I am not in Team Anna any more by the way things are going. These (telling Parliament what to do) are not democratic things”.

Asking Mr. Hazare to call off his fast that entered the 11th day on Friday, Swami Agnivesh also made it clear that any appearance of threats to Parliament is not becoming of a Gandhian.

“This is some sort of... seen as a threat to Parliament ‘you do it by tomorrow or day after’ (sic)… This is not becoming of a Gandhian fast or a moment… So this was the right moment to call it off,” Swami Agnivesh said.

Vinod Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of Outlook magazine, also attacked the “a coterie” within Team Anna, accusing them of “playing with the life” of the Gandhian to press absurd demands.

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1 comment:

  1. 01) True that, Yesterday the P.M. has made an earnest request, the opposition leader in Lok Sabha and the Speaker of the House themselves made an appeal for Anna to end his fast.

    02) How could he trust a Government not long ago made him end his fast, constituted a joint drafting committee, pretended to be working with Team-Anna for a strong Lok Pal Bill and finally introduced a very Weak Lok Pal Bill?

    03) And finally, what with the hourly flip-flop demonstrated by Dr. Manmohan Singh's Team, during the last Eleven Days and Today in Lok Sabha, someone who never opened his mouth on Lok Pal or raised his voice against Corruption, suddenly, hits upon a better idea than what everybody had in mind, including his own Party's Government and suggest something else that has not been on the cards, sending a very strong message that the Congress is hellbent of filibustering and has every plan to sabotage the demand for a strong Lok Pal, independent and Autonomous to oversee the corruption of the Political and Bureaucratic Office Holders.