December 21st, 2011
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Govt is cheating people: Anna

anna-hazareRalegan Siddhi: Anna Hazare accused the government of cheating its people by creating a weak and toothless Lokpal bill to protect and “save” corrupt officials. He has not approved of the governments decision to exclude the CBI from the ambit of the Lokpal. Hazare said the ombudsman would not be strong and effective if the premier investigation agency was not kept under it.

“If the CBI is outside then how will the Lokpal be strong. This system will save corrupt politicians. If CBI comes under Lokpal then P Chidambaram would be in jail. You are saving corrupt politicians and say it is a strong Lokpal,” he said. Hazare also expressed his discontent regarding the governments decision to bring in a separate Citizens’ Charter Bill. In his view a common man will have to run from pillar to post to get his grievances redressed under the proposed system.

“It is cheating people who will teach them a lesson,” Hazare said. “How can the Lokpal be effective when Citizens Charter is out of its purview. A person will have to go through various levels for redressal of his grievances. What to do? Its like fooling people,” he added. “Ahead of general election, we will visit the whole country and tell people about the government,” he threatened.


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