My office not involved, PM tells Hazare

August 14th, 2011 - 1:25 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday told social activist Anna Hazare, that his office was not involved in the decision to restrict his fast to three days and suggested Hazare should approach the authorities concerned with his grievances.

“Your grievance that the police has given you permission to protest and go on fast at JP Park only for three days needs to be addressed by the statutory authorities who have taken that decision. My Office does not in any way get involved in the decision-making process,” the prime minister wrote in the letter, made available to media.

“The terms and conditions on which you are entitled to carry on with your protest are decided by the statutory authorities concerned taking into account the prevailing circumstances and other relevant factors,” Manmohan Singh said, adding: “I would request you to address your grievances to the statutory authorities concerned.”

Terming the police’s decision a “violation of his fundamental rights”, Hazare asserted, in his two-page letter to the prime minister, that despite the restriction, he will go ahead with the fast, and if arrested he will continue it in jail.

Delhi Police in their order Friday asked Team Anna to give an undertaking that it will end its protest fast at a park in central Delhi in three days.

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