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Hazare threatens another fast in August if lokpal bill not passed

Sitting on a day-long fast against corruption on Wednesday, social activist Anna Hazare threatened a replay of his hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in April — or a “second freedom struggle” — from August 16 if the lokpal bill was not passed by Parliament by then. HT reports. Pics | Video

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2011 02:13 IST

Sitting on a day-long fast against corruption on Wednesday, social activist Anna Hazare threatened a replay of his hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in April — or a “second freedom struggle” — from August 16 if the lokpal bill was not passed by Parliament by then.

Wednesday’s fast at Rajghat attracted people from all walks of life, including civil society members and Ramdev supporters. Citizens donated R2.60 lakh to Hazare to continue his fight.

“The last time we read about Hazareji’s crusade in the papers. This time, we did not want to sit out,” said Riddhi Pandeya, a medical student.

Hazare’s team termed the midnight crackdown on Ramdev’s anti-graft protest at Ramlila Maidan “unconstitutional”. “This government is indulging in conspiracy, as we have seen in the Shanti Bhushan CD episode and against Santosh Hedge,” said lokpal bill drafting committee member Arvind Kejriwal, referring to his colleagues on the panel.

Hazare concentrated on the fight for a tough lokpal bill with the power to investigate the prime minister and higher judiciary. He clarified that his day-long protest was not so much to sympathise with Ramdev but against the government’s attempts to streamroll any protest.

The anti-government sentiment was all too visible at Rajghat, where volunteers of ‘India Against Corruption’, the NGO backing Hazare, had a tough time preventing Ramdev supporters from putting up derogatory banners against the ministers.

The Congress said Hazare’s threat of a second stir was unacceptable. “There is a constitutional scheme of things that needs to be adhered to, including taking the view of Parliament while deciding on a legislation,” spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said.