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Team Anna members speak in different voices on indefinite fast

PTI   New Delhi, July 24, 2012
First Published: 18:54 IST(24/7/2012) | Last Updated: 21:56 IST(24/7/2012)

Anna Hazare and his team on Tuesday spoke in different voices on the indefinite fast from tomorrow with the activist asserting that it is for Lokpal Bill while his aides said it is limited to their three demands, including a special probe into allegations against Union Ministers.

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Hazare served an ultimatum to the UPA government to decide on the issue within four days failing which he threatened to go on hunger strike from Sunday.
Hazare had earlier in the day announced that he will join other Team Anna members in the fast tomorrow. Instead of fast, he will sit on a dharna tomorrow, he said.

Earlier through a video message, he had called for a 'jail bharo' agitation if the government does not take action on the demand. Questions were raised at a press conference in New Delhi this evening about the demands of the team as Hazare spoke only about Lokpal bill while his close aides Arvind Kejriwal and
Prashant Bhushan talked about other three demands.

Asked to clarify the position whether Lokpal Bill is an issue for the protest, Bhushan said their protest is "limited" to an SIT probe against Ministers, a fast track court to try cases against MPs and the SIT to go into allegations against party chiefs.

However, Hazare immediately took the microphone and said "the fight is for Lokpal Bill" and went on to add that till the 15 ministers against whom they have raised allegations are jailed if they are guilty, the country would not get a strong anti-corruption mechanism.

Kejriwal said the country would not get a Lokpal if the corrupt ministers did not go to jail. In an apparent reference to news weekly that reported
allegations of corruption against his close aide Suresh Pathare, Hazare accused the government of coming up with a fake CD to malign the movement. He also demanded a probe into the issue.

On the fast, Hazare said he was persuaded by his team not to sit on fast from tomorrow because of his health. "I have told my villagers that I will also sit on fast from tomorrow.

My blood pressure is also fluctuating. But the team told me that the fight is long and I should not fast now. I acceeded to their wish. "But I will wait till four days what the government does.

Then I will start my fast from Sunday," he said.


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