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Anna on warpath again, gives govt Dec 23 deadline

india Updated: Nov 30, 2011 01:13 IST
HT Correspondent

Social activist Anna Hazare has put the government on notice again, with another threat of a renewed agitation towards the end of December to push for a stronger lokpal bill.

His chosen stage will be a familiar one, Delhi's Ramlila Maidan, where he was on fast for 12 days in August. It was beamed live 24x7 into homes by on national television, whipping up a frenzied response across the country and forcing the Centre's hand.

He has already announced a one-day fast on December 11 at Jantar Mantar in the Capital, accusing the Centre of "betraying the people" on the lokpal bill.

The Ramlila protest may be an extended agitation from December 27 but Hazare did not mention whether it would involve another indefinite hunger strike.

The announcement comes at a time when the government is facing flak from the opposition and allies over its decision to allow 51% FDI in retail and several other corruption charges.

Angry with the parliamentary standing committee report on the bill, Hazare said, "The PM had given me a written assurance. It was not a letter by some clerk. The present form of the bill is nothing but a betrayal of the people."

The December 11 hunger strike would be a "warning to the government", Hazare told mediapersons at his village, Ralegan Siddhi. He would wait till December 23 — when Parliament's winter session gets over — for a stronger version of the bill.