Hazare to protest at Jantar Mantar Dec 11

Ralegan Siddhi (Maharashtra) : Activist Anna Hazare Tuesday said he will sit on a day-long protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar Dec 11 against the draft Lokpal bill prepared by the government which had “cheated” the people.

He also warned of a major agitation starting Dec 27 at Delhi’s Ramlila ground if changes were not made to the proposed anti-graft law.

“I will sit on a day-long protest on Dec 11 at Jantar Mantar and I urge everybody to agitate and take to the roads peacefully for a day,” Hazare told reporters here.

Expressing his displeasure over the bill that has kept the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the lower bureaucracy out of its ambit, Hazare said that if changes were not made by parliament, another major agitation will be organised.

“We will monitor the developments in parliament which is on till Dec 22. If they don’t make the changes by then, I’ll agitate again at Ramlila Maidan Dec 27 and will call upon everybody to join me,” he said.

Hazare said that the draft of the bill prepared by the parliamentary standing committee had cheated the people.

“The government has betrayed the people of this country again. The CBI is not independent and is controlled by the government. It needs to be brought under the Lokpal’s purview,” he added.

The parliamentary standing committee on law and justice examining the Lokpal bill is expected to finalise its report by Thursday and submit its recommendations to parliament in the first week of December.

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