Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, looking weak on the 10th day of his indefinite fast today, set three conditions for calling off fast amid reports that BJP has demanded the Government to withdraw its Lok Pal Bill.
In a letter addressed to the PM Dr Manmohan Singh, the 74 year old Gandhian offered to give up fast if a consensus is arrived at in Parliament on the citizens’ charter, Lok Ayuktas in all states with Lok Pal powers and inclusion of all bureaucracy, from bottom to top, in the purview of Lok Pal institution. He also asked the PM to initiate debate in the Parliament from tomorrow on the three issues.
The Government has agreed to the demands of Anna Hazare and said it would launch debate in the Parliment on the three issues from tomorrow.
The Prime Minister has now called a meeting of senior ministers and congress core committee members to discuss the Lokpal activist’s proposals. While Anna appreciated the sincerity of the PM in dealing with the issue, he disapproved of the silence of the opposition on having a stronger Lok Pal Bill.
Meanwhile, Delhi police have arrested more than 100 protesters who gathered near the residence of the Prime Minister in Delhi in response to a call given by Anna to his supporters to resort to dharnas over the government’s delay in arriving at a decision on Jan Lok Pal Bill.
As a precautionary measure, the police also closed the four metro railway stations near the residence of the PM till further orders.