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Pranab urges Hazare to end fast, join informal panel

delhi Updated: Apr 08, 2011 16:06 IST

In Govt's latest attempt to diffuse the situation arising out of activist Anna Hazare's fast-unto-death over the Lokpal Bill issue, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has appealed to the activist to end the fast. Mukherjee has also asked him to join informal committee to make an effective Lokpal Bill.

"I appeal to Anna Hazare to end the fast and participate in the informal committee," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
told reporters on the sidelines of a CII event in Delhi.

Earlier on Friday, Minister Kapil Sibal rejected anti-corruption protesters demand for a notification on the composition of the redrafting panel membebers for the Lokpal Bill. He also rejected demand of making a civil society member the chairman of the redrafting panel. Sibal said their position regarding protesters demand remains unchanged and no official notification can be used and at the most an official letter by the law ministry can be issued. Another round of talks between the government and the Anna Hazare's representatives Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal will take place this evening at 6pm to end the deadlock.

Veteran activist Anna Hazare, who on the fourth day of his fast-unto-death, appealed to the people to court arrest on the 12th of this month and teach government a lesson.

Meanwhile, amid the growing sea of supporters which include doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, homemakers, Friday saw actor Anupam Kher and Pritish Nandy sitting at Jantar Mantar in support of the movement.

The movement is also garnering support on social networking sites and has even shaken the corporate sector. Executives from various multi-national companies (MNCs) located in Gurgaon have visited Jantar Mantar, where Hazare is sitting on an indefinit hunger strike. Some even volunteered to keep a fast along with him over the weekend.

Speaking at Jantar Mantar, Anupam kher appealed Sachin Tendulkar, Sharukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan to come and support the Lokpal Bill. In a letter to the Prime Minister, actor Aamir Khan has asking him to pay heed to Hazare. "With great hope and all humility I request you to pay heed to the voice of Mr Anna Hazare. The nation is slowly but surely collecting behind Mr Hazare in appreciation for what he is fighting for,” wrote Aamir.

Some other famous personalities have also backed Anna Hazare.

"I agree with Aamir Khan: Anna Hazare deserves greater support than the cricket team. Please show your support for Hazare ji," tweeted Indian cricket captain, MS Dhoni.

Filmmaker Farhan Akhtar wrote, “I support Anna Hazare. Our country has suffered from corruption for too long... Now is the time we get together and do something about it.”

“Just read about Anna Hazare ... I pledge my support to this cause,” posted actor Priyanka Chopra.

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