Team Anna has chalked out a plan to conduct surveys to gauge public perception on the Jan Lokpal Bill across Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, ahead of Parliament’s winter session scheduled for late November.
The exercise will cover UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s constituency Rae Bareli, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh’s constituency Ghaziabad.
Team Anna had in July carried out a similar referendum in Chandni Chowk—HRD minister Kapil Sibal's constituency —and claimed that 85% of people favoured the Jan Lokpal Bill. Sibal had mocked the survey, saying he was surprised why 100% of people had not supported it.
Anna Hazare’s associate and civil society activist Manish Sisodiya said, “The time till Parliament’s winter session is important as the standing committee considering the Lokpal Bill will hear the views of various groups.”
Sisodiya said people will be asked if MPs should back the bill and if they should vote for leaders who have opposed it.
The survey will cover Varanasi, Lucknow, Ambedkar Nagar, Mainpuri, Dehradun and Haridwar. He said Team Anna will have no direct role and people associated with Hazare’s recent movements would monitor the surveys.
Team Anna has also appointed professionals to audit the donations collected during Anna Hazare’s fast at the Ramleela Ground in August.