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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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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

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Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)