Friday, April 8, 2011

Hazare announces jail bharo on April 12 after govt rejects demands

NEW DELHI: The government has rejected the demand of Anna Hazare to issue an official notification to constitute the draft committee forLokpal Bill and also rejected the proposal for an outsider to lead the new committee of government and civil society. 

The protesters announced that Kapil Sibal had conveyed about this decision to them and has also said that Pranab Mukherjee will head the committee. 

Reacting to the government's stand, Anna Hazare announced country-wide Jail Bharo agiation on April 12. 

An angry Hazare said that the people will teach the government a lesson by joinging the jail bharo agitation against the government. 

Meanwhile, Anna Hazare, whose fast entered the fourth day on Friday, has said that he will not become the chairman of the proposed draft committee for the Lokpal Bill. 

Addressing the thousands at the protest site, Anna Hazare said that he would only assist the committee in advisory capacity. 

The fasting leaders announced that Anna Hazare will write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh forwarding the names of Santosh Hegde and Justice GS Verma to lead the proposed draft committee. 

The government has already rejected these names. 

Hazare called for immediate decentralisation of power at the centre to ensure that there is end to corruption in governance. 

Stating that Mahatma Gandhi stressed on decentralisation of power, he said his fast for Lokpal Bill was like the second fight for Independence. He said, Lokpal Bill will lead to decentralisation of power. 

Hazare said Right to Information Act is an example for all to see. The RTI has led to devolution of power. 

Taking a dig at the present set up, Hazare said all the agencies to tackle corruption at present are under the government and hence there has never been any positive outcome of any probe. 

Hazare said we are demanding that all these agencies should come under the purview of Lokpal. This will ensure that all the corrupt will land in jail, he said.

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