Give us our bill or leave: Anna to government

August 21st, 2011 - 9:44 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) On the sixth day of his hunger strike, social activist Anna Hazare Sunday vowed to continue his protest to maintain pressure on the government till parliament passes the civil society’s version of an anti-graft bill.

Addressing thousands of his supporters, Hazare alleged that the government’s intentions in creating an independent and powerful anti-graft watchdog were “not good”.

“The government does not have good intentions. Their intentions to curb corruption are bad. The government deceived us,” the 74-year-old activist said.

He asked his supporters to be ready for a bigger revolution if the government failed to pass the version of the Lokpal bill he and his aides want.

“I request all you that if the government doesn’t pass the bill, there will be a movement in the country never seen before,” he thundered.

He said the government had “betrayed” him and his team members over the bill they wanted the government to pass to curb rampant corruption.

“If you cannot get the bill, I ask you to leave the chair,” he said, amid a huge applause.

Hazare spent the sixth day of his fast at the Ramlila Maidan, a sprawling public ground in the capital, with thousands of his supporters gathering to cheer him up.

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