Keeping in mind that Anna Hazare's agitation at the Ramlila ground in Delhi got a boost because of his arrest, the state played a safe but shrewd game by ensuring that it did not get into a confrontation with the social activist or his followers.
In the debate on the lokpal bill in Rajya Sabha, Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi urged the BJP to join the government in passing the bill for the sake of the nation. He added that the BJP's conditions were excuses not to pass the bill.
"We have different strategies for the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha," explained BSP leader Satish Chandra Misra on the change in stance from the lower house to the upper house. But what does not change in the strategy of both BSP and SP is their sharp focus on the elections in Uttar Pradesh while deliberating on the Lokpal bill.
Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday accused BJP of not speaking about its problems with Lokpal Bill before the debate on it in Rajya Sabha and sought to know from the party why it did not ask for the legislation to be put to vote with limited discussion.
Former Rajya Sabha member and CPM leader Nilotpal Basu on Sunday said the UPA government was responsible for the failure of jan lokpal bill in Parliament. HT reports.
Hitting out at the government on the "useless" lokpal bill, Anna Hazare today challenged Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to a public debate on it to convince people that the proposed legislation is strong. Watch video
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s call for a three-day Jail Bharo Andolan from December 30 to January 1 had 1,390 citizens signing up on Thursday, the first day of the registration.
Union law minister Salman Khurshid today said all demands of Anna Hazare on Lokpal Bill "cannot be accepted" and the activist has to decide the "limits" of his exercise.
Even as Mumbai prepares for social crusader Anna Hazare’s three-day agitation at the Bandra-Kurla Complex grounds from Tuesday, a frail-looking Anna on Sunday said he is planning an extended campaign in Delhi after the stir in the city.
As Anna Hazare is getting ready for three-day fast for a lokpal bill, the Maharashtra government has assured the Centre that all necessary arrangements are being taken for his security during his stir in Mumbai.
It is unlikely that the government will face major hurdles in ensuring the passage of lokpal bill in Lok Sabha, the going would be tough in Rajya Sabha where the UPA is in minority and would require the BJP's support for its approval. HT
It was yesterday once again at central Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on Monday.
The Bombay high court on Tuesday posted the hearing on a PIL, seeking social activist Annna Hazare's fast to be declared as "illegal" till Wednesday, saying agitation is the right of every citizen and the persons staging a protest are well aware of the consequences of breaking the law.