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Hurt Anna appeals to Sonia

In a letter to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, social activist Anna Hazare has accused people in government of trying to malign him, and threatened to "resume" his fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar if the lokpal bill was not passed by August 15. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 13, 2011 10:24 IST
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In a letter to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, social activist Anna Hazare has accused people in government of trying to malign him, and threatened to "resume" his fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar if the lokpal bill was not passed by August 15.

"After attempts by several responsible people in government to spread falsehood to malign my image and also the government's unwillingness to bring important issues under the purview of the lokpal bill, I have come to the conclusion that people in government are liars and betrayers," Hazare said in the letter.

He also expressed concern at attempts by people in the Congress, which Gandhi heads, and the government to dub him "a face of the BJP and RSS".

Pointing to his earlier statement that he would join yoga guru Baba Ramdev's agitation only if there were no communal elements in it, Hazare said, "Your party general secretary's statement 'I am the face of the BJP' is false and I am concerned and alarmed by this."

The social activist also recalled attempts made to defame civil society members of the joint drafting committee for the lokpal bill.

"I had promised the people of the country that I will restart my fast-unto-death on August 16 if the government failed to notify a stringent lokpal bill by August 15 for a corruption-free India," he added.

Digvijaya Singh on lokpal
Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said in Guna, MP, the Prime Minister, the judiciary, NGOs and corporate houses should be brought under (the jurisdiction of) the Lokpal.

He said that when he was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, he brought his office under the Lokayukta’s jurisdiction.

But the system should ensure that the Lokpal is not able to misuse his post, he added.

Earlier, talking to journalists in his hometown Raghogarh on Saturday night, Singh said parliament was supreme in the country. From MPs to people in general, all were free to give their suggestions but the tendency of exerting pressure on the government by five to seven persons was not good for democracy, he added.

He said that there was no difference between the movements of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare, both of whom were backed by people with an RSS background.

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