Hazare rival to go on fast too
Anna Hazare may have a rival at Jantar Mantar here on August 16 when he plans to begin his fast to protest the government’s failure to pass the lokpal bill by August 15.Updated: Jul 03, 2011 00:51 IST
Anna Hazare may have a rival at Jantar Mantar here on August 16 when he plans to begin his fast to protest the government’s failure to pass the lokpal bill by August 15.
This time, he will have to face freedom fighter Shambhu Datta Sharma, 93, a lokpal campaigner since 1998 — much before
Hazare came into the scene. Sharma has decided to begin his own fast also in August.
Sharma, who wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday, said, “The government can check corruption if it makes amendments to existing laws.” He disagreed with Team Hazare’s style of functioning, saying it was not the Gandhian way to force the government to accept everything. “Gandhian philosophy is of patience and not dead-lines.”
He said, “I am willing to accept the government’s draft as of now. In future, the PM should be under the jurisdiction of the lokpal.”
But he disagreed with Hazare’s contention that the higher judiciary or whistleblowers’ protection should be with the 11-member lokpal.
Sharma’s demands are that the government shou-ld adopt the Corrupt Public Servants (Forfeiture of Property) Bill prepared by the Law Commission in 1999, debar criminals from contesting elections by amending the Representation of People’s Act and have a lokpal.