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Will fast in jail if venue not given, says Anna Hazare

Anna Hazare today said he will fast in jail if authorities fail to give him a venue in Mumbai to protest against a "weak" lokpal bill.Anna gets nod to protest at Ramlila

delhi Updated: Dec 23, 2011 13:37 IST

Anna Hazare on Friday said he will fast in jail if authorities fail to give him a venue in Mumbai to protest against a "weak" lokpal bill.

"They will keep creating hurdles. In August, they did not give me a venue till last minute. I had to fast in jail... This time also, if they don't give me venue, I will go to jail," he told reporters.

He was responding to questions on his proposed fast from December 27.

His supporters have approached Bombay high court seeking direction to the state government to allot a place for the protest.

Slamming the new lokpal bill, he said the government should involve people in lawmaking and invoked Rajiv Gandhi's name to tell the Congress-led dispensation that he had written to all village heads before coming out with the panchayati raj bill.

Hazare questioned as to why the government was drafting the bill alone.

"Why is it so? Why does it not take the advise of the people? People are the masters and they have sent MPs to serve them. So they have to listen to people. Late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi understood this.

"He wrote to sarpanches in all the 5.5 lakh villages in the country on the 73rd and 74th amendment. You cannot do it on your whims and fancies. Then what is the difference between autocracy and democracy?"

Hazare said the new lokpal bill was "very weak" and a "wrong one" which will not help in eradicating corruption.

Asked whether he read the bill on Thursday, Hazare said, "leave it" and went to say that the government should involve people in the process of drafting law.