Even as Team Anna and their supporters are pushing the government to accept the terms of the Jan Lokpal bill, supporters of social activist Aruna Roy’s version of the Lokpal bill have undertaken a campaign to create awareness of the version of the bill drafted by her, and get their feedback on the same.
The Roy-led National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) has drafted alternative Lokpal bill, which tries to accommodate the concerns of both groups. The basic structure of the Jan Lokpal bill and NCPRI’s bill is the same, but the latter is more detailed and brings in more checks and balances.
The NCPRI volunteers will soon approach Members of Parliament to inform them of the draft. “Our only demand is that the bill drafted by us should be discussed by the government before a draft is finalised. We have started the campaigning by visiting institutions, organisations, sending emails, and the like,” said Bhaskar Prabhu, an NCPRI Mumbai volunteer.
The NCPRI has started an aggressive campaign in Pune as well. “We are holding camps, sending bulk SMSes, emails, CDs and pamphlets, along with word-of-mouth,” said Vihar Durve, RTI activist from Pune.
Durve added, “Instead of drafting it in haste, all the suggestions and proposed drafts should be studied minutely.”
Anna’s team should take over his fast, says Bal Thackeray
mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Wednesday wrote to Anna Hazare asking him to end his fast, considering his failing health.
He suggested that members of Hazare’s team Anna, including Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia, continue the fast. Sena MP Sanjay Raut delivered the letter to Hazare in Delhi on Wednesday.
“It’s your eighth day of fast and the news of your failing health has raised concerns. I appeal to you to end your fast and let your colleagues Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, Sisodia take it ahead. You have taken upon yourself an important task, but it should not mean losing you. The nation has awakened and the government is shaken by your act against corruption, so it will continue even if your break your fast,” Thackeray said.
Thackeray referred to a meeting between the two in 1996. “You had pointed out how only ‘the Shiv Sena chief’ is the guiding light and is capable of removing corruption from society. That we will work together on this was decided,” he wrote to Hazare. Thackeray assured Hazare that the war against corruption is being fought.
Uddhav Thackeray, Sena executive president, said: “We have a few queries on the Lokpal and it needs to be discussed. After all, no one is above the law and Constitution,” he said.