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Anna Hazare's indefinite fast for Lokpal Bill

Anna Hazare's indefinite fast for Lokpal Bill
Anna Hazare has accused the Centre of "betrayal" and going back on its promise on Jan Lokpal Bill. He is sitting on an indefinite hunger strike in Ralegan Siddhi since December 10 for the passage of the anti-graft law in Parliament.
Dec 13, 2013 17:04 (IST)
Anna Hazare speaks in Ralegan Siddhi:

  • Now the discussion on Lokpal Bill will take place on Monday
  • People of this country were watching how Samajwadi Party leaders were disrupting the House
  • We will continue our agitation till Lokpal Bill is passed
  • I will be fine, have endured a lot more than this
  • On AAP leader Gopal Rai: I don't want to blame anyone, just explained him where he went wrong
  • I started alone, people gradually joined in
  • There were some AAP leaders who said that Anna's movement become big because of them, but country knows it all
  • Not everybody is bad in politics, but I told them not to share the stage with me
  • I will be in touch with some good politicians who are honest
  • I have suffered a lot of humiliation, can still endure a lot for my movement
  • I am confident that the Lokpal Bill will be passed this time
Dec 13, 2013 14:47 (IST)
Jay Panda, BJD, on Lokpal bill:
  • The Lokpal bill has been thoroughly discussed over 2-4 years
  • The amendment has got wide support
  • This will create a truly honest and independent Lokpal

Dec 13, 2013 14:30 (IST)
Anna Hazare rebukes Arvind Kejriwal's partyman, asks him to leave fast venue
Anna asked Gopal Rai to leave the venue of his indefinite hunger strike after the latter had a spat with former Army Chief General VK Singh.
Dec 13, 2013 13:59 (IST)
Kamal Nath on Lokpal bill:
  • Highest priority of the Government is to pass the Lokpal bill
  • Once it is passed in Rajya Sabha, it will go to Lok Sabha
  • According to parliamentary decisions, if anyone is against it, the party has to vote against it

Dec 13, 2013 13:47 (IST)

Dec 13, 2013 13:36 (IST)

Anna Hazare asks Gopal Rai to leave village after Rai raised objections to VK Singh charging Arvind Kejriwal of benefiting politically from Anna's movement and then deserting him. 

Dec 13, 2013 13:13 (IST)

Government concedes to one point of select committee recommendation. Investigating officers will not be changed without Lokpal permission: Sources

Bill will be taken up at 2:30 pm

Dec 13, 2013 13:00 (IST)
Government tables amended Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha
The government has tabled the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha, as part of its promise to fast-track the proposed anti-corruption law.
Dec 13, 2013 12:59 (IST)
"We will oppose to any extent if they try to pass it without a debate in the house
as it will serve no purpose," says Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav on Lokpal bill.

Dec 13, 2013 12:06 (IST)
Anna Hazare's supporters reach Ralegan Siddhi to meet him:

Dec 13, 2013 11:48 (IST)

Dec 13, 2013 10:16 (IST)
Prakash Javadekar:
  • Government has given 13 amendments
  • BJP is always in favor of a strong and effective Lokpal
  • Actually there is no role of the Government in these amendments
  • Want strong, independent, effective Lokpal. Govt must bring revised Bill immediately, with unanimous amendments, will pass it
Dec 13, 2013 09:49 (IST)

Dec 12, 2013 15:37 (IST)
Arun Jaitley on Lokpal bill:
  • Lokpal bill was first introduced in 1967
  • There have been several discussions and debates in the past 46 years
  • We want to make this proposal that let the government pass these unanimous recommendations
  • Government has agreed to all but does not agree with two crucial amendment
  • For example, the Committee says during an ongoing investigation, an investigation officer can be transferred only after Lokpal clears it. Government says no, we will have the power to transfer.
  • Second example: report says a delinquent officer can be raided without any notice. Government says no, first a show cause notice should be given
  • We won't allow  the government to subvert the report

Dec 12, 2013 14:58 (IST)
AAP's Kumar Vishwas from Ralegan Siddhi:
  • Annaji congratulated us for our 28 seats, Anna said if there are re-polls we will get a total majority
  • On our behalf, Gopal Rai will stay with Annaji for the fast
  • Told Annaji this is the same Lokpal which we used to call the Joke-pal
  • We won't accept this, will oppose it
Dec 12, 2013 13:25 (IST)
Anna Hazare on day 3 of indefinite fast:

Dec 12, 2013 13:12 (IST)
Aam Aadmi Party's Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas and Gopal Rai arrive at venue of Anna's fast.
Dec 12, 2013 12:07 (IST)
Anna Hazare meditating at Yadavbaba temple

Not too many people at fast venue. Among those present, many are school students.

Dec 12, 2013 10:58 (IST)
Dr Z A Khan on Anna's health:
  • Anna is stable
  • Vital parameters are normal
  • Heart, pulse is normal
  • He has lost 1600 gms
  • Urine output is ok
  • BP is normal
  • Energy level is low

Dec 12, 2013 10:42 (IST)

Lokpal bill has to be taken up in Rajya Sabha, then it will come to Lok Sabha, says Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath. 

Dec 12, 2013 09:53 (IST)
Social activist Medha Patkar meets Anna Hazare, says not bringing Jan Lokpal will be suicidal for political parties.

Dec 12, 2013 09:21 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal unwell, won't go to Ralegan Siddhi today to meet Anna Hazare
Arvind Kejriwal had announced publicly that he would visit his one-time mentor Anna Hazare in his village in Maharashtra today.
Dec 11, 2013 20:01 (IST)
Kiran Bedi:

  • Lokpal bill was inactive for last one year.
  • As the fast begun, government again started saying they will bring.
  • When I enquired, Lokpal bill is not even on the Rajya Sabha agenda.
  • I found out that the government is not interested in bringing the bill.
  • Why are they misleading people? I demand Lokpal bill to be included in agenda.
  • We have two appeals: first to put the bill on the agenda; Secondly, opposition should also force the government to do so.
  • They said Lokpal bill is on our priority. How can it be their priority when it is not in their agenda?
  • We want a strong bill. You should forward this bill at the time when the bill can pass.
  • This is not the age for Anna to sit on fast; his hands are already trembling.
  • This country needs Lokpal bill.
  • This is for the next generation; Anna is 75 years old.
  • Every common man is with Anna.
  • Everybody has to answer their own conscience.

Dec 10, 2013 12:48 (IST)
The AAP effect: Lokpal Bill in this Parliament session, vows government
Activist Anna Hazare began an indefinite fast today in his village in Maharashtra, demanding the urgent introduction of a new anti-corruption law.  In Delhi, the government said that it is committed to pushing through the legislation - the Lokpall Bill - in this session of Parliament which ends on December 20.
Dec 10, 2013 11:52 (IST)
Anna Hazare:

  • Demand that every government office should display a board which says how many days the work is done
  • Every state should have Lokayukta
  • Strict action against officers or offices indulging in corruption
  • I was assured by the Prime Minister through the then minister Vilasrao Deshmukh that the resolution has been passed. I believed in him and broke my fast. I was deceived.
  • If the government can pass food security bill, land acquisition bill, pension bill then why not Lokpal?
  • Congress loss in four states is because people are angry and they have vent their anger. Congress should learn from its mistakes.
  • If they don't then three months later they will give a befitting reply in the Lok Sabha polls.
  • BJP equally responsible with Congress. Both parties to be blamed....they both can't give future to the country.
  • Country needs a third alternative apart from Congress and the BJP... not a political party.
  • Asked God to give the government "subuddhi" to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Dec 10, 2013 11:40 (IST)
Anna Hazare begins his indefinite fast for a Jan Lokpal Bill in Ralegan Sidhi.

Dec 10, 2013 11:36 (IST)
V Narayanasamy:

I have given notice to Rajya Sabha Chairman to take up the Lokpal Bill. This Bill is on Government's top priority.
Dec 10, 2013 11:23 (IST)

Government to pass Lokpal Bill during current session of Parliament: Union Minister V Narayanasamy

Dec 10, 2013 10:52 (IST)
Anna Hazare begins indefinite fast, says it will be a 'do-or-die' agitation
Anna Hazare has begun what he today called a "do or die agitation" in Ralegan Sidhi, his village in Maharashtra, to demand that Parliament urgently clear the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill.
Dec 10, 2013 10:19 (IST)
Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena:

  • Let Anna start his fast.
  • Lokpal bill has been passed in Lok Sabha and has come to Rajya Sabha.
  • He needs to wait for sometime.

Dec 10, 2013 09:45 (IST)
Anna Hazare:

  • This will be do-or-die agitation. People should agitate across the country.
  • There are no doors or gates for stopping anyone to come here (on whether Arvind Kejriwal will join him)
  • I have received nearly 15 letters from the Prime Minister and the PMO assuring me of bringing the bill.
  • Until and unless people will not unite nothing will change
  • Sonia Gandhi has also said that they will pass the Lokpal bill
  • It is the time to ask for the Lokpal
  • No trust on repeated assurances (on Jan Lokpal), it's a movement.
  • Till the time Lok pal is not passed my strike will not go.
  • I just want to say it is not my demand but the demand of the people.

Dec 10, 2013 09:02 (IST)
Anna Hazare in Ralegan Sidhi

Dec 10, 2013 08:36 (IST)
Lokpal Bill: Anna's indefinite fast begins today
Anna Hazare on Monday accused the Centre of "betrayal" and going back on its promise on Jan Lokpal Bill and said he will sit on an indefinite hunger strike in Ralegan Sidhi from Tuesday for passage of the anti-graft law in Parliament.