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Chandni Chowk favours Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill

Chandni Chowk favours Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill
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First Published: Mon, Aug 01 2011. 07 33 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Aug 01 2011. 07 33 PM IST
New Delhi: Even as the government is scheduled to table the Lokpal Bill on Wednesday in the Parliament, a referendum carried out by social activist Anna Hazare’s team has shown that 85% people in Chandni Chowk constituency of New Delhi favour Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill.
The referendum, organized in Kapil Sibal’s constituency, claims to assess 86,000 forms with eight questions on several issues of the proposed Bill. 82% people surveyed also said that the Prime Minister should be under the ambit of the Lokpal while 6% disagreed with the proposal.
Terming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on keeping the PM outside the purview of Lokpal as ‘unfortunate’, Hazare said social audits are necessary alongwith government audits.
“This survey of the masses is an important example to show how a democracy should work, according to what people say,” Hazare said while addressing media on Monday.
Meanwhile, Hazare said that he was willing to change the venue (Jantar Mantar) of his proposed fast beginning from 16 August to any other place else if adequate facilities were provided.
“Jantar Mantar is not the issue, Lokpal is,” Hazare said. Hazare’s supporters informed that their request for fast has not been rejected by the Delhi Police, as they have not received any reply till now on their request.
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First Published: Mon, Aug 01 2011. 07 33 PM IST