All corrupt ministers should be sacked: Anna Hazare

April 7th, 2011 - 10:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Apr 7 (ANI): Continuing his fast-unto-death for the third consecutive day over the enactment of an anti-corruption bill to give wider powers to the Ombudsman, veteran social activist Anna Hazare today said that all corrupt ministers should be sacked.

“This is not a matter of one Sharad Pawar; this is a matter of all corrupt ministers who should be thrown out of the government since they don’t deserve to be in power. Why have you (these ministers) troubled the people?” said Hazare.

“We haven’t got the independence very easily; millions of people had sacrificed their lives to win freedom for us. Even when they were going to be hanged people like Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev, when they were raising slogans for freedom. Now this government has betrayed the country,” he added.

Union Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister Sharad Pawar had on Wednesday evening resigned from the Group of Ministers (GoM) meant to look into the amendments required in the Lokpal Bill.

72-year-old Hazare further said: “The people have entrusted the government with their money, so every citizen has the right to question why these leaders are using the public money for themselves. This is not any favour, but this is a right. Ministers are not kings, they are your (public) servants.”

“They think that if they become ministers, then they have become kings, this is their biggest fault, this is the biggest thing that has gone wrong with this country. We have to train the ministers to realise that they are our servants and we are the rulers and they have to serve us with honesty,” he added.

Two rounds of talks were held between Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and Hazare’s representatives, including Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal.

However, both sides failed to come to a consensus on the issue of a formal notification of a joint committee and who would be the chairperson the committee.

They will meet again tomorrow for further discussions on the issue.

“On these two issues, there is no agreement so far. So we need more time and we will be meeting tomorrow (Friday) to evolve a procedure through which we can move forward,” Sibal told mediapersons after the second round of meeting.

“The timeline issue is not a big issue. We also want the bill to be formed immediately. We have not agreed on Anna Hazare being the chairman. The civil society wants Anna Hazare to be the chairman. We will meet again tomorrow morning. We have talked and addressed issues, only two outstanding issues have not been resolved,” Sibal added.

Agnivesh said that the Government agreeing on a 50:50 committee (half of the members from the civil society and half from the Government) was a major victory for Hazare.

“The point of agreement is that 50:50 committee will be formed, which is a breakthrough. The government was not agreeing on this. This is a victory of the nation. We discussed all the issues with Hazare after the meeting. We have not agreed on two outstanding issues,” Agnivesh added.

Agnivesh and Kejriwal are part of the movement started by veteran social activist Anna Hazare, whose fast-unto-death, demanding a more stringent anti-corruption law, entered its third day today.

Earlier, Sibal met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over Hazare’s fight against corruption.

The Lokpal Bill (Ombudsman Bill), 2010, which awaits a select parliamentary committee’s nod, provides for filing complaints of corruption against the Prime Minister, ministers and lawmakers.

Hazare contended that the Lokpal Bill in its present form is useless and has drafted a separate Jan Lokpal bill (Public Ombudsman Bill), taking into account the views and suggestions from civil society and common people.

Hazare is a member of the ‘India Against Corruption’, an NGO that includes several eminent social activists including Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Swami Agnivesh. (ANI)

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