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Team Anna happy with results of 3-month struggle

A day after both Houses of Parliament passed unanimous resolutions, expressing solidarity with social activist Anna Hazare's three core demands about the Lokpal Bill, his team on Sunday termed it a "major achievement". Nagendar Sharma reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 29, 2011 00:00 IST
Nagendar Sharma

A day after both Houses of Parliament passed unanimous resolutions, expressing solidarity with social activist Anna Hazare's three core demands about the Lokpal Bill, his team on Sunday termed it a "major achievement". They rejected the government's claims of not having given them anything substantial.

According to Team Anna members, from having been shown the door during the final meeting of the joint drafting committee in June, to having forced a full-day debate in Parliament within three months, they have achieved much more than what they had hoped for.

Buoyed by the developments that finally led to Hazare ending his fast on Sunday morning, his key aide Prashant Bhushan said they now hope the government would convene a special session of Parliament within a month to pass the Lokpal bill.

"Our hope is that the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which is currently examining the bill, would complete its work by then," Bhushan said.

Social activist Medha Patkar termed the Parliament debate followed by the unanimous resolution as an "unprecedented development" in India's history.

"From being arrested on August 16 to forcing a debate in Parliament within 10 days, and securing a resolution, is Annaji's major achievement," she said.

On whether their achievement was as great as their team has been projecting, given the fact that Hazare's Jan Lokpal bill was not even introduced in Parliament, former law minister Shanti Bhushan said: "Since the government is now on record that the Jan Lokpal bill has been referred to the Standing Committee, and many political parties have come out in our support, we are not insisting on technicalities now."

He said now the focus of Team Anna was on the contents of the final bill.