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New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday managed to secure the crucial backing of Anna Hazare to the Delhi Lokpal Bill 2015 amidst attacks from Swaraj Abhiyan-led by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. However, the veteran social activist suggested the fledgeling party to make some changes in the bill, chiefly in appointment and removal of the ombudsman.

Thanking Hazare for supporting the Delhi Lokpal Bill 2015, AAP supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that he will “surely” implement the changes proposed by the former.

“Annaji, thank you for your support and blessings. We will surely implement your suggestions,” Kejriwal tweeted.

The AAP government on Monday, after tabling the Bill, defended the proposed four-member selection committee — comprising Chief Minister, Leader of Opposition, Delhi High Court Chief Justice and Speaker — as one that is independent.

While welcoming the Bill, Anna has suggested that the Lokpal selection panel should be of seven members, with two high court judges and one eminent person. Impeachment proceedings for removal should begin only after a Supreme Court go-ahead, he said.

AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh met Anna at Ralegan Siddhi on Tuesday to seek his support on the issue. Anna assured them that he would step in if the NDA government at the Centre put obstructions in the way of Jan Lokpal Bill, especially over the contentious clause which brings Union government functionaries under its ambit.

“You go ahead, I will see if these provisions are opposed. They should not be opposed. It will be sad if obstacles are put on the way of a potentially good Lokpal. Centre has no intention for a corruption-free India,” Anna said.

The Bill tabled by the Delhi government has come under severe scrutiny by AAP founding members like Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. Swaraj Abhiyan has even threatened to launch an agitation if the present bill is passed in its current form.

Prashant Bhushan, who reportedly has a copy of the Delhi Lokpal Bill 2015, in a statement, said that the selection committee for the Lokpal would consist of High Court Chief Justice, the Chief Minister, Assembly Speaker and Leader of Opposition.

He alleged that this clause made it clear that the AAP government wanted the appointment of Lokpal to be controlled by the political class and would not let any appointment be made without the approval of ruling party.

In regard to removal of Lokpal, Bhushan said in the Jan Lokpal bill introduced by Delhi government, as per the provisions mentioned in section 6(1) of the proposed bill, the Lokpal can be removed by a motion passed by the Delhi assembly by a 2/3rd majority of the members present and voting in the assembly.

“Needless to say, if the act sees the light of the day, the Lokpal will be completely at the mercy of AAP government,” Bhushan alleged.

(With inputs from agencies)

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Why honest Anna blessing is misused with this old photo ?

    Why should Anna be tagged as remote control to the High Command ?

    This text is an insult to 67 AAP MLAs who voted in favour except one Pankaj Pushkar who was suspended.

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Anna Hazare Breaks Fast After Government Assurance

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Anna Hazare finally breaks his fast after government assurance. IANS
Anna Hazare finally breaks his fast after government assurance. IANS
  • Anna Hazare called off his hunger strike after government’s assurance
  • He fasted in Delhi’s Ramlila Ground
  • He fasted against unfair crop prices, electoral policies and Lokpal appointments

Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday called off his hunger strike in support of his demands as the Central government sought six months to deal with his demands on fair crop prices, Lokpal appointment and electoral reforms.

Anna Hazare wants government to finish corruption completely and take steps in the right direction. Wikimedia Commons

“The government has agreed to demand on crop prices and agreed to take steps on the appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states as soon as possible,” Hazare said as he announced that he was going to break his fast.

Hazare said he had been assured regarding the new electoral reforms and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee report to address the agrarian crisis in the country.

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“The governments are meant for the public and it is government’s responsibility to provide the best service to its people,” he said.

Anna Hazare raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Anna Hazare has also raised his voice against corruption and went ahead with his hunger strike at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi earlier. Wikimedia Commons

Hazare launched his agitation in support of his demands at the Ramlila Maidan here on March 23. Earlier, he had launched a movement against corruption in 2011. IANS