PM reaches out to Anna: End fast

PM reaches out to Anna: End fast

New Delhi: Directly reaching out to Anna Hazare on the eighth day of his fast, a concerned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday appealed to the Gandhian to end his hunger strike with a promise that his version of Lokpal Bill could be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee if rules permit.

Singh wrote to Hazare, saying that he was concerned about his health and that he should end his fast, PMO sources said.

The prime minister told Hazare that he shared his concern over corruption and that there was no difference between the government and the activist over the issue.

The government will ask Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar and if rules permit, the Jan Lokpal Bill would be referred to the Standing Committee, Prime Minister Singh told Hazare.

The prime minister’s letter comes at a time when an informal channel of communication has been opened between the government and the Hazare team to end the impasse caused by the civil activist’s hunger strike for a strong Lokpal Bill.