Gherao MPs opposed to Jan Lokpal Bill: Hazare

Social activist Anna Hazare on Saturday urged people to gherao the houses of MPs opposed to the Jan Lokpal Bill. HT reports.

india Updated: May 21, 2012 12:29 IST
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Hindustan Times

Social activist Anna Hazare on Saturday urged people to gherao the houses of MPs opposed to the Jan Lokpal Bill.

"They should not be allowed to leave their homes," said Hazare before leaving for the core committee meeting at his village, 80 km from Pune.

Later in the day, the 21-member Team Anna, including Arvind Kejriwal, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi, decided to write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking his views on instituting a performance audit of MPs and voters’ right to recall MPs based on this audit.

Team Anna will also seek PM's views on the Land Acquisition Bill and decentralisation of power up to the village level.

"The government should submit a fresh bill because the proposed Land Acquisition Bill is prepared without consulting the people," said Kejriwal.

"Village resources, particularly water and land, have to be used with the approval of the village council."

Hazare and his core group are meeting for the first time here after Hazare ended his hunger strike last month, to chart the next phase of their anti-corruption campaign.

Describing Parliament as a temple of democracy, Hazare also underlined the need for electoral reforms, including ‘right to recall' and ‘right to reject', to cleanse the system.

"Hazare wants to know the PM's views on having a ‘none of the above' button on ballot papers (electronic voting machines)," said Kejriwal.

Asked what would be their course of action if the PM did not reply, he said, "Let us write the letter first."

Team Anna also decided to meet chief election commissioner SY Quraishi to discuss electoral reforms.

Kejriwal was cautious when asked about BJP leader

LK Advani's proposed yatra against corruption.

"If any political party is serious about the issue, it should first ask its members in the standing committee to vote in favour of the draft bill," he said.

Earlier in the day, Bedi had, however, said, "We will support anybody who supports our cause. There is no question of party in this."

Although Team Anna is firm on remaining apolitical, requests are pouring from supporters to float a political party.

First Published: Sep 10, 2011 23:44 IST