Friday, April 8, 2011

Anna's crusade is citizens chance to crush corruption

Politicians do not want a Lokpal Bill because that will stop the 'loot'. Join Anna's Movement Today
New Delhi: Stepping up his anti-corruption campaign, Anna Hazare tonight brushed aside Sonia Gandhi's appeal to him to withdraw his hunger strike as Government initiated talks on formation of a joint committee to draft an effective Lokpal Bill but there was no consensus on two crucial aspects.
Government today agreed to the formation of a committee with equal representation for civil society members and government representatives. But it is said to be having reservations over how to formally notify constituting it and give its chairmanship to a private individual, which could be setting a precedent.
"I thank Sonia Gandhi for her statement (appealing to him to end the fast). Soniaji, tell the government to get the Lokpal bill enacted at the earliest," Hazare said in a terse reaction to Gandhi's appeal.
His address to the gathering at Jantar Mantar was received with wide approbation by his followers as his campaign received further momentum across the country.
Under pressure from a surging anti-corruption campaign, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with his Cabinet colleague Kapil Sibal late in the night and discussed ways to find a means to resolve the situation.
In his address to the supporters in the evening, Hazare said politicians do not want a Lokpal Bill because that will stop the 'loot'.
Hazare steps up campaign, brushes aside Sonia's appeal

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