Govt may give in, Sibal urges Anna Hazare to end fast
Urging activist Anna Hazare to suspend his fast, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said today that he had constructive discussion with Hazare's representative Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal and would be meeting them again at 1.30 pm. Standoff over Lokpal Bill | What is the Lokpal Billdelhi Updated: Apr 07, 2011 12:58 IST
Urging activist Anna Hazare to suspend his fast, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said on Thursday that he had constructive discussion with Hazare's representative Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal and would be meeting him again at 1.30pm. He said that there was broad agreement between the two sides on basic parameters though the agreement on how to achieve the end is yet to come.
Sibal said that the govt was with the civil society in its battle against corruption. Swami Agnivesh also confirmed the meeting saying positive developments had taken place during the meeting. However, he said that the final decision in this regard would be taken by Hazare himself.
Meanwhile, law minister Veerappa Moily also said that the issue of corruption has become a live issue for the government to consider. Is this a sign of the government giving in to Hazar's demand?
Some people are speculating that some sort of agreement has been reached between the govt and the activists and an announcement in this regard will come later in the day. Is the govt ready to form a joint panel on the Lokpal Bill?
Earlier today, speaking on the third day of his fast, 73-year-old veteran social activist Anna Hazare said on Thursday that his health was fine though he was feeling slightly weak and had lost about 1.5 kg weight. Hazare said that he would be fine for about seven days and urged people not to worry for him.
The activist, who is fighting war against corruption, also lamented the condition in which the country is today. He said that India was known as 'sone ki chidya' in the past but where has that gone today.
Hazare said that many people spread various kinds of rumours against him but that would not shake his determination in fight against corruption. He also refuted the allegation that his protest was influenced by the RSS.
Hazare apologized to political leader Uma Bharati, who was booed by the protestors, who had come to support Anna's protest. He said that in a democracy everybody has the right to go to any place.
The activist also recalled the time when politician paid money to goons to kill him. He said that a number of cases were filed against him by his detractors but all this could force him to change the course of his life, which is dedicated to social service.
Hundreds of people from all over the country have joined Anna Hazare's battle against corruption both physically and virtually. Twitter and Facebook are abuzz with support for the movement started by the activist.
The Bollywood is not far behind, with Aamir Khan and Anupam Kher voicing support for Anna Hazare openly.
Hazare on Wednesday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, slamming the reaction of his government and the Congress to his indefinite fast on the Lokpal Bill issue, and urged him to show courage to take unprecedented steps to fight the menace.
Hazare, who launched his protest on Tuesday in New Delhi, told reporters that he was willing to join a committee on the bill issue, only if Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was a member of it, maintaining that any other such body would lack powers.