Anna calls PMO minister 'liar'

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare has accused Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, V Narayanasamy, of lying in a bid to break his team.

Anna Hazare (File pic)

Narayanasamy had recently said that Hazare's close aide Arvind Kejriwal had discarded the bill that was earlier presented by the government, which had also been allegedly approved by the anti-graft crusader.

"What will happen to this country if such an important government office holder lies? Even now if Narayanasamy has any doubt, then let Law Minister Salman Khurshid come here and sit with me in front of everyone and the media. I shall expose their lies to everyone," said Hazare.

Hazare's close aide Shanti Bhushan also levelled scathing attacks on various political parties for their double standards in the passage of the Ombudsman bill.

"No political party wants the Jan Lokpal Bill to come in which can remove corruption. Any party, be they Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, Congress or Bharatiya Janata Party) or any other political party," he said.

Hazare began his indefinite fast against corruption on Sunday by joining Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai - who have been fasting since July 25.

Team Anna has demanded the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of retired judges of Supreme and High Courts, to probe charges of corruption against 15 cabinet ministers, including the Prime Minister.

They have also sought the transferring of cases against political party chiefs, which are being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the SIT, in addition to setting up fast track courts to dispose of cases against lawmakers within six months.

While reacting to the ongoing movement, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi said that the Lokpal Bill is in process in the parliament. 

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