December 22nd, 2011
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Anna challenges Sonia for open debate

Anna hazare New Delhi: Anna Hazare who is totally dissatisfied with the Lokpal bill termed it a “useless bill” and challenged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to an open public debate on its merits with him so as to convince people that the proposed legislation is strong.

“Sonia Gandhi says the bill is strong. If it is so, let she come out and debate with us in front of media. Let people see it. Convince the people of the country that it is strong. We will explain how it is not strong,” he said. “What is right and wrong with the bill, let us debate in public,” he said even as government is all geared up to introduce the bill in Lok Sabha.

Mr. Hazare said the new Bill is of no use if the anti-corruption ombudsman does not have control over the Central Bureau of Investigation and if the lower bureaucracy is not brought under its direct control. “The biggest victims of corruption are the poor who have to pay bribes to get any work done. How will the common man live like this? Our demand is that lower bureaucracy be brought under Lokpal,” he said.

“If a citizen has a complaint regarding a passport, he will have to go to grievance redressal officer. If he is not satisfied, he can approach the senior officer. If he does not get justice then he has to go state level and central level commissions. “For just a passport, why would anyone take these many rounds of government offices,” he illustrated.

Mr Hazare said he will go ahead with his three-day fast from December 27, 2011 and then a jail bharo agitation against the “weak” Bill which will not help the poor in their fight against corruption. “I will be part of the group that will gherao the residences of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as part of our jail bharo agitation,” he said.

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