19 December 2011

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Anna Hazare to Fast in Mumbai if strong Lokpal Bill is not passed by Government

Anna Hazare to Fast in Mumbai if strong Lokpal Bill is not passed by Government

Updated on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Annaji has chosen Mumbai to host his Anshan if the government fails to pass a strong and effective Lokpal Bill.

Here are some updates on the arrangements:

IAC volunteers met Deputy Metropolitan Commissioner Shri Wankhade of MMRDA and have got permission to host the Anshan in a 30,000 square meter plot at MMRDA Grounds, BKC. IAC has blocked the dates from 26th December to 10th January but the exact dates will only be finalized after the Parliament clarifies whether the winter session is likely to be extended.

IAC volunteers also Met DCP Sathya Narayan and Sr PI Sawade and had detailed discussions on the arrangements for the event. Mumbai Police have extended full support and cooperation to AnnaJi

However, IAC volunteers are shocked at the expensive charges of hiring the MMRDA grounds, roughly Rs 200,000 daily!

How can a poor man like AnnaJi who is leading a civil protest expect to pay such a sum to the Maharashtra government? MMRDA should not apply a commercial policy to IAC as we are working for a public cause, a not for profit movement and we cannot afford such sums as commercial entities can. IAC will write to the Chief Minister asking for a solution as a civil movement cannot afford such hefty costs.

Hence IAC is forced to reconsider all options once again, including Azad Maidan. At the same time IAC volunteers are overwhelmed with swelling public support in Mumbai and large citizen groups have joined the movement from Mumbai and various places in Maharashtra.

More than 2000 supporters have offered to go on Anshan and IAC volunteers are still short listing the final group. It appears that the common man is determined to see this protest through to its logical conclusion

Updated on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

As government is planning to bring a weak Lokpal , a powerless Lokpal
Anna Hazare has decided that he would fast for three days from December 27, followed by a three-day 'jail bharo' agitation.

"I will fast on December 27, 28 and 29.
This will be followed by a three-day jail bharo from December 30.
After this, I will go to five states (where Assembly polls are due) and campaign against the (Congress-led) government.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Tags – Anna Hazare IAC Lokpal Bill Fast Anshan


Kirtivasan Ganesan December 20, 2011  

The PM has passed a semi-strong Lokpal note. The cabinet meeting is awaited. Most probably this semi-strong Lokpal bill will be passed.
I think no need to go for fast as the bill is semi-strong.