October 4th, 2011
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Anna warns Congress

Anna Hazare

Pune: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said that he would visit all five states that are heading for elections, as part of his campaign for the Jan Lokpal Bill and that he would appeal to voters to not vote for the Congress if the Centre fails to get his version of the anti-corruption bill passed in Parliament’s Winter Session.

“If the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the Winter Session, then I will name the Congress and ask people not to vote for it in the Assembly polls scheduled in five states next year,” he said addressing a press conference in Ralegan Siddhi, his native village, 50 km from Pune.

He asserted that the time had arrived for the Jan Lokpal Bill to become a reality and that he would start his campaign from Uttar Pradesh if the bill was not passed in the winter session. This five-state tour covering Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur is likely to begin between October 13 and 15.

He also stated that he would start a fast in Lucknow three days before the elections in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Hazare also said, he will appeal to voters in the Hisar Lok Sabha constituency in Haryana where bypolls are scheduled on October 13.

He further said that other parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had given letters of support to the bill. However, reacting sharply to the reports of his supporting the BJP, Anna said, “People who are saying that I am supporting BJP are not mentally fit.”

The crusader reiterated that the members of his team would not enter politics or contest elections. “We are not apolitical. This is a political movement, but we will not enter politics and fight elections,” said Kejriwal.

Later, when asked about the arrest of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, Anna said that the Gujarat government had done wrong by sending him to jail as he had all rights to speak and file affidavit.



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