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Kiran Bedi to join Hazare in fast for Jan Lokpal Bill

Anna Hazare and Kiran Bedi

Social activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi will on Saturday join Anna Hazare in his ongoing indefinite hunger strike for the cause…
Anna Hazare and Kiran BediAhmednagar: Social activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi will on Saturday join Anna Hazare in his ongoing indefinite hunger strike for the cause of Jan Lokpal Bill, at Ralegan Siddhi village in the district.

“I always listen to my inner voice and my inner voice says that it’s not fair that Anna is sitting on fast alone and I am not,” Bedi told PTI in Ralegan Siddhi after meeting Hazare who has been on fast for the immediate passage of Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament.

“I never observed fast in my life for any purpose, be it religious or otherwise. This will be my maiden fast. I am moved as Hazare is observing the fast alone. I feel that I should join him as being a member of Civil Society,” she said.

Bedi further said she took the decision to go on fast after consulting Hazare who gave his consent.

The former IPS officer, who had actively participated in the Jan Lokpal movement that galvanized the nation, held over two-hour-long discussion with Hazare at Yadav Baba temple, the venue of his fast.

She exhorted people to throw out of power the Congress-led UPA government at Centre if it fails to deliver on Jan Lokpal Bill.

“People must vote against the ruling alliance at Centre led by Congress if it failed to pass the Jan Lokpal bill in ongoing winter session of Parliament,” she said.

“People of India have given a clear message in recent Assembly polls to UPA government. People have chosen a corruption-free alternative (in AAP in Delhi election) due to awareness created by Anna’s movement since 2011,” Bedi said.

Hazare (76) began his hunger strike pressing for the immediate passage of Jan Lokpal Bill in winter session of Parliament yesterday and has clarified that he would not relent unless the legislation is passed.

Hazare’s hunger strike enters 2nd day; Kiran Bedi to join in Ralegan Siddhi Anna Hazare’s indefinite hunger strike pressing for passage in Parliament of Jan Lokpal Bill entered the second day today, with the anti-graft crusader asking the Centre to fulfil its promise.

Braving the cold weather, 76-year-old Hazare who began his fast on Tuesday at his native village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, made it clear that he will not end his protest till the anti-graft law is passed.

Hazare has parked himself near the Yadavbaba temple in the village, under the banner of `Jantantra Morcha’.

Medical test showed he had lost weight since yesterday, his associate Suresh Pathare told PTI.

The Bill is an anti-graft legislation drafted by civil society activists, seeking appointment of an independent panel to investigate cases of corruption.

His associate and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi is expected to join Hazare’s fast from Saturday.

“People should dislodge the government through ballot if the bill is not passed in this session,” she said, after meeting Hazare.

On her decision to join the fast, Bedi said, “My inner voice told me that it is not fair that Annaji is fasting alone.”

Union Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy had yesterday said the government was serious about passing the bill in the current session of Parliament and had given a notice to Rajya Sabha Chairman for taking it up.

However, BJP leader Arun Jaitley, in his reply to Hazare’s letter seeking the party’s support for the bill, said the bill currently pending before Rajya Sabha was a diluted one, and even this bill had not been listed by the government on the agenda of the ongoing session.

“It appears that the government is not sincere in getting it placed on the said agenda. I can assure you in view of the public position my party has adopted that we will be second to none in pursuing this issue,” Jaitley said, adding that his party would not, however, agree to any “Sarkari” Lokpal.


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