New Delhi: As Anna Hazare's fast entered the fifth day on Saturday, his team has demanded early introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament and said government can get it passed in days if it has the will.
"It is the people's demand that next Tuesday when Parliament opens, then the government should withdraw its version of the Lokpal Bill and introduce our Bill," former Law Minister and Hazare's associate Shanti Bhusan said.
Addressing the gathering at the Ramlila Maidan, he said the government should give an "assurance to Mr Hazare that whenever the Jan Lokpal Bill comes, they issue a whip and get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed."
Indicating that Mr Hazare could be open to minor changes in the Jan Lokpal Bill, he said an assurance from the government on his demand will be like showing respect for the public sentiment.
"If the government feels that some small changes need to be made to the Bill, then even those should be made only after taking permission and support from Anna. If they are willing to give that assurance, then it will show a respect for public sentiment and it is possible that Anna may agree to it," Mr Bhushan said.
On the deadline set by Mr Hazare, Mr Bhushan said the government can pass it within days if it has a "strong will" to do it. "It can happen. I have been a Union Law Minister and I know how things happen in government," he said.
Mr Hazare on Friday gave a 12-day deadline to the government to pass the bill; if the government fails, Mr Hazare has vowed to continue the fast till his last breath.
Asked whether the deadline was a little impractical, another of Mr Hazare's associate, Arvind Kejriwal, told reporters, "If the government desires, it can pass 15 bills in five minutes. But for the anti-corruption bill, they are taking more than 42 years. So we want to know how many more years will they take."