Govt refuses to budge, Hazare asks people to court arrest
The government today rejected anti-corruption protesters' demand for a notification on the composition of re-drafting panel members for the Lokpal Bill. What fits the bill | What is the Lokpal Bill | Pics: Anna's protestdelhi Updated: Apr 08, 2011 13:04 IST
The government on Friday rejected anti-corruption protesters' demand for a notification on the composition of re-drafting panel members for the Lokpal Bill. Regarding the second demand of making a civil society member the chairman of the redrafting panel, the government said that in such a situation no minister will be part of the panel and only government official or a bureaucrat can be a member of such panel.
Telecom and human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal said on Friday that their position regarding protesters demand remains unchanged and no official notification can be used and at the most an official letter by the law ministry can be issued. Another round of talks between the government and the Anna Hazare's representatives Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal will take place this evening at 6pm to end the deadlock.
Veteran activist Anna Hazare on the fourth day of his fast-unto-death appealed to the people to court arrest on the 13th of this month and teach government a lesson.
Meanwhile, amid the growing sea of supporters which include doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, homemakers, Friday saw actor Anupam Kher and Pritish Nandy sitting at Jantar Mantar in support of the movement.
The movement is also garnering support on social networking sites and has even shaken the corporate sector. Executives from various multi-national companies (MNCs) located in Gurgaon have visited Jantar Mantar, where Hazare is sitting on an indefinit hunger strike. Some even volunteered to keep a fast along with him over the weekend.
Speaking at Jantar Mantar, Anupam kher appealed Sachin Tendulkar, Sharukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan to come and support the Lokpal Bill. In a letter to the Prime Minister, actor Aamir Khan has asked him to pay heed to Hazare. "With great hope and all humility I request you to pay heed to the voice of Mr Anna Hazare. The nation is slowly but surely collecting behind Mr Hazare in appreciation for what he is fighting for,” wrote Aamir.
Some other famous personalities have also backed Anna Hazare.
"I agree with Aamir Khan: Anna Hazare deserves greater support than the cricket team. Please show your support for Hazare ji," tweeted Indian cricket captain, MS Dhoni.
Filmmaker Farhan Akhtar wrote, “I support Anna Hazare. Our country has suffered from corruption for too long... Now is the time we get together and do something about it.”
“Just read about Anna Hazare ... I pledge my support to this cause,” posted actor Priyanka Chopra.