Team Anna claims support of several parties to Jan Lokpal Bill

Team Anna claims support of several parties to Jan Lokpal Bill

New Delhi: Amid the continuing standoff with the government, Anna Hazare’s team on Friday claimed “full support" of several political parties including BJP to the Jan Lokpal Bill when it is brought before Parliament.

Hazare’s close associate Arvind Kejriwal claimed that BJP, Left parties, JD (U), Shiv Sena and Telegu Desam have extended “full support" to the Jan Lokpal Bill.

“The BJP has assured us of full support to Jan Lokpal Bill. We held discussion with Left parties, JD (U), Shiv Sena and Telegu Desam and they have also assured us full support," Kejriwal said.

He said discussions with other political parties are also underway to explain to them the provisions of Jan Lokpal Bill. “Our talks are on with other political parties," he said.

Kejriwal said Hazare has also shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying he would break his fast if Parliament agrees to his three key demands.

He said a letter is also being written to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in this regard as Parliament had requested the Gandhian on Thursday to call off his fast.

Hazare’s letter also contains his team’s version of a resolution needed to be passed in Parliament, detailing their three demands -- all civil servants should be brought under Lokpal, a Citizen Charter should be displayed at all government offices and all states should have Lokayukta.

Addressing the gathering, Kiran Bedi urged the Parliamentarians to conclude the discussions in Parliament by Friday night considering the deteriorating health of Hazare.

Hazare’s associate and lawyer Prashant Bhushan criticized the government for not bringing a resolution in Parliament to discuss three key demands of Hazare.

“If government wants Anna Hazare to end his fast, then they should bring the resolution to the Parliament as soon as possible. If the resolution is not brought today then there should be a special session tomorrow," he said.

Bhushan said the “attitude" of the government as well as that of political parties towards Hazare’s movement are being strictly monitored by people of the country and that they should not “undermine" the “peoples’ movement".

“The whole country is supporting the movement. People are monitoring the attitude of the government as well as political parties towards the movement," he said.

“People will also take note of views of all political parties towards the resolution to be brought by government on key demands of Hazare," he said.

Referring to a group clashing with police at Ramlila Maidan on Thursday night, Kejriwal alleged that efforts are on to “defame" the movement and asked Hazare’s supporters to identify the “elements" who are trying to do so.

“Efforts are going on to defame our movement. We must be careful to identify such elements," he said.

According to eyewitnesses, a group of people got into a tiff with some policemen deployed at the rear gate of the maidan around 3 am.

The youth heckled the policemen and hit them with sticks when they tried to stop their group from opening the iron gate, being used as a VIP gate.