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Monday, August 22, 2011

ANNALILA: Hazare's fast enters seventh day!


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August 22, 2011 / PTI, New Delhi / DC.

A child holds the Indian national flag as others participate in a rally in support of social activist Anna Hazare in Mumbai - AFP
A child holds the Indian national flag as others participate in a rally in support of social activist Anna Hazare in Mumbai - AFP.

Anna Hazare's fast demanding a strong Lokpal entered the seventh day here today with his Team asserting that they have no intention to topple the government but defended the Gandhian's remarks that it should go if the bill is not passed by August 30.
Hazare's fast inched close to 150 hours as hundreds poured into Ramlila Maidan to express solidarity with the 73- year-old Gandhian who began his indefinite fast in police custody on August 16.
He has lost five Kgs during the past seven weeks and ketone particles have been found in his blood and urine. Ketone particles may affect vital organs like kidney and liver. As his protest continued, Team Anna said they were yet to hear from the government side on the talks.
"The Prime Minister tells you people (media) that they are ready for talks. But we are asking again and again where do we come? Whom do we meet? Until we don't have a concrete proposal, we cannot react to it," activist Arvind Kejriwal said.
Asked about Hazare's statement that the government should go if it does not pass the bill by August 30, Kejriwal said Team Anna has no intention to topple the government. "We have been repeating that our motive is not to topple the government.
If the government is so insensitive even on the seventh day of protest and mass gathering, they are saying we will protect corruption and shelter the corrupt...so what is wrong if Hazare said this," he said. Noting they have not changed their stand and they cannot leave the government free to do help corrupt people, he put the ball in government's court on negotiations saying now the way ahead has to be decided by the government.
"If they have the political will, it will take less than two minutes to pass the bill," he said.



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