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Parliament not supreme: Anna rhetoric in Mumbai

india Updated: Dec 27, 2011 16:35 IST
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Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday called the government's Lokpal Bill a "betrayal" of the people after Parliament started debating the anti-corruption bill.

Hazare and thousands of his supporters gathered at the MMRDA ground in Mumbai to stage a hunger strike to force the government to enact his version of the law that he says is key to set up a strong ombudsman and fight rampant graft in the country.

For the 74-year-old activist, it is his third fast since April. He was on Monday suffering from a viral infection.

"I am not afraid to die. I have decided that whenever I die it will be for the country and till the time I live I will work for the betterment of this country," Hazare said.

Parliament is meeting December 27-29 in an extended session to debate the bill that was tabled last week.

"From past three days I am not having food. Doctors say I am having temperature today. I have decided to sacrifice my life to my nation. I am fighting against corruption from last 25 years. I am not feared of death," Anna said.

"Elections are coming. We should campaign against the government in all the five states where elections are scheduled," he said.

"Bigger than the Parliament at Delhi is the Parliament of the people," said the Gandhian.

"But bigger than both is the Parliament of the village. Voters of poll-bound states must punish the government for betraying the Lokpal Bill."

"The government has no right for acquisition of land from farmers; they should first take permission from Gram Sabha. People sitting in Parliament are culprits. Goondas are coming to politics," the activist said.