December 16th, 2011
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Anna’s ultimatum

anna-hazareNew Delhi: Anna Hazare has chalked out his itinerary for the next two months. His tentative list includes multitudes of threats and intimidation in case the government fails to introduce an effective Lokpal Bill in this Winter Session. The recent addition to his list of threats is the sit in protest that he shall initiate before the houses of any MP who votes against the bill or tries to dilute it.

“I will be found outside the homes of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi,” Anna said. Earlier Anna had told the government that he will begin an indefinite fast either in Mumbai or Delhi on December 27 and will ask people to participate in a jail bharo (go to jail) movement from January 1, 2012 onwards.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal said, “We are not talking to him, whatever he does is his right. But being an honourable citizen of the nation he should understand that Parliament’s job can be done by Parliament only.”

The BJP said it supports Anna’s deadline. “We want the bill to be passed with our suggestions,” said the party’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy. “The government seems to be faltering. So if the government fails (to deliver), and Anna decides to sit outside MPs’ homes, we will join him.”

The government said a special cabinet meet is likely to approve the bill Sunday and it would be brought in the Lok Sabha for consideration and passage December 20. A four-minister group headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will finalize the amendments to the bill for consideration of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who returns from Russia Saturday.

While Hazare said there would be a “swagat” (welcome) ceremony at the Ramlila ground if the Lokpal bill became effective, his team said it will take a final call on the protest December 21 depending on the “shape” of the Lokpal bill.






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