Will fast on Dec 27, 28, 29: Hazare
Expressing disappointment with the new draft Lokpal Bill to be tabled in Parliament, Anna Hazare today said he would fast for three days from December 27, followed by a three-day 'jail bharo' agitation.
"I will fast on December 27, 28 and 29. This will be followed by a three-day jail bharo from December 30. After this, I will go to five states (where Assembly polls are due) and campaign against the (Congress-led) government," Hazare told reporters here this evening.
Maintaining that the government's intentions on bringing an effective Lokpal bill were "suspect", Hazare said the government was ignoring the "voice of the people". "The common man's life has become misrebale due to all-pervasive corruption. But the government has become blind. It cannot see or hear the suffering of the people," he said. "Let the government go its way, we will go our way. I have decided that I will continue to fight till there is life in me," Hazare said.
Asked if he agreed with the provisions of the draft sought to be tabled in Parliament, he said, "We say, bring in whatever draft, but end corruption." Hazare was also opposed to centralisation of the grievance redress mechanism in the draft bill. "For a ration card, you will need to go to Delhi," he said, adding Uttarakhand had brought a good Lokayukta bill.
Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said, "In our JanLokpal Bill, we had provided for redress mechanism at the block level."