Team Anna, police stuck on negotiating fast period (Lead)

August 17th, 2011 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Team Anna and Delhi Police were stuck on negotiations over the number of days for the planned fast of Anna Hazare to push for a strong Lokpal Bill, civil society activist Kiran Bedi said here Wednesday.

“We are still negotiating with the government over holding the fast. We want one month, but the government (is) giving us less number of days,” Bedi, a key confidante of Hazare, told reporters.

“The discussions are still on,” she added, speaking to a sea of supporters outside Tihar Jail, which the 74-year-old has refused to leave even after being released till his demand for continuing his fast without conditions is met.

Bedi a former top cop who once headed the Tihar Jail, said the original fast venue of J.P. Park had been ruled out due to lack of space and the Delhi Police had agreed to the protest at the Ramlila Ground but the modalities were being worked out.

The police have relaxed six of the sticking conditions.

She also requested the supporters not to block Gates 3 and 4 of the jail as the crowds were preventing vehicles carrying rations for the inmates from entering.

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