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Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare shouts slogans with his supporters at Rajghat before his day long fast in New Delhi.
Hazare Wants FIRs Against 14 Cabinet Ministers by Aug
Raking up a new issue, Anna Hazare today demanded that FIRs be registered against 14 "corrupt" Cabinet ministers of the UPA by August failing which a 'jail bharo' agitation will be launched even as he pushed back the deadline for a strong Lokpal law to 2014.

74-year-old Hazare's new plan was declared at a token fast at Jantar Mantar for a strong whistle blowers bill after his close aide Arvind Kejriwal named 14 Cabinet ministers against corruption charges were levelled.

"FIRs be registered against the corrupt (Union) ministers by August or there will be 'jail bharo' (fill the jail) agitation across the country. We have to be ready for this. Date will be announced later," Hazare said ending his fast.

Kejriwal had took the names of around 25 politicians, including ministers Sharad Pawar, S M Krishna, P Chidambaram, Praful Patel, Kapil Sibal, Kamal Nath, Farooq Abdullah, Ajit Singh, Sri Prakash Jaiswal, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh, MK Azhagiri and G K Vasan.

Hazare, whose last hunger strike in Mumbai in December-end last year flopped due to low turn-out, also put the government on notice on Lokpal issue. "Bring Jan Lokpal or go out of power in 2014 general elections," Hazare said.

"We will show what is the power of Jan Lokpal Bill. I am a fakir (saint). I will show them how much strength a 'fakir' like me has," he said.

Team Anna's new game plan was revealed through a series of speeches by Hazare, Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Shanti Bhushan towards the end of the fast.

Though Hazare and his team targeted government, they appeared soft on opposition. There were mentions of cases against BJP's B S Yeddyurappa and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by Kejriwal. Earlier in the day, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's name figured while talking about the killing of a whistleblower in his state.

Bedi then talked about "getting ready for the fight" during Delhi Assembly polls next year followed by Bhushan who said the government fears passing of a strong Lokpal Bill as they don't want to have their own ministers in jail.

In a bid to augment the movement's momentum and gain more support, Hazare also appeared to overlook reservations against Ramdev over his alleged Hindutva links and declared that his supporters will join the yoga guru's protests and vice versa.

"We (Ramdev and Hazare) were to have talks on June five and finalise our plans but the government acted in the night. We could not meet. Now we have decided that Ramdev will come on board our agitation. Our supporters will participate in their protest and his supporters in ours," Hazare said.

Hazare had disassociated with Ramdev after some Hindutva leaders participated in the yoga guru's protest. One of Ramdev's close aide Jaidev today spoke at the protest during which lashed out at the government.

Accusing the Government of lacking political will to bring an effective legislation to contain corruption, Hazare said peoples' power will force the Centre to legislate a strong Lokpal Bill one day.

"This government neither has any intention nor does have any political will to bring a strong Lokpal Bill. We will not relent. We will have to keep struggling. I am confident one day they will have to bring the Jan Lokpal Bill," Hazare said.

Asking his supporters to keep up the pressure on the Government, he said, "we will have to bring real democracy in the country by ensuring rights of the common people who are supreme and send their representatives to Parliament and state legislatures."

"We have to pressurise the government," he said adding people have close the "nose of the government so that its mouth is opened."

About land acquisition, Hazare said there should a law which should ensure permission of gram sabha before selling land to anyone. "There should be a law to ensure that permission is given by the gram sabha before selling land to anyone," he said.

Before starting his fast, Hazare said many people have sacrificed their lives while fighting corruption and the government has not conducted any probe despite some incidents which happened three years ago.

"Their (whistleblowers') mothers, their children, their fathers, their wives are crying for justice. But this government has gone dumb and deaf. It is not listening to the cries of people.

"There will be a big struggle. Then the government will listen. The government came up with MNREGA but these people were killed for trying to improve it," Hazare said.

His return to staging protests comes after the Congress performed poorly in the recent Assembly polls.

Former Karnataka Lokayukta and Team Anna member Santosh Hegde, who had expressed some reservations with regard to the Team recently, was present along with other members like Shanti Bhushan, Kejriwal, Bedi and Manish Sisodia.

Earlier Hazare, after his usual visit to Rajghat before any such protest in Delhi, came to the capital's dharna hotspot Jantar Mantar at around 11 AM to loud cheers from tricolour-wielding anti-corruption supporters and chants of 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'.

Family members of some of the whistleblowers who were killed while fighting corruption, including that of IPS officer Narendra Kumar murdered allegedly by mining mafia in Madhya Pradesh, were also present.

During the Assembly elections, Team Anna had campaigned for a strong Lokpal. Congress leaders had claimed that the tone and tenor of their campaign was anti-Congress.

This is the first hunger strike undertaken by Hazare after he abruptly called off his three-day fast for a strong Lokpal Bill in Mumbai last December owing to failing health and poor response. This is the fifth time he is sitting on a fast in the past one year, of which four of them have been in Delhi.
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18/D-102
Mar 27, 2012
01:21 PM

Barua

Yes i did say that to Mayawati...but I have no faith for Hazare and his movement which is pushing this country to chaos and anarchy.

and yes.. if this would have been some scandinavian nation I would have roamed naked anywhere u wanted...cuz Nudity is looked upon with respect there....but here in Kolkata there is only stupid maggots like u !!

Jo Mb, kolkata
17/D-42
Mar 27, 2012
05:24 AM

>> JO MB Kolkata : If you are the same guy who commented on the article (http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=755334) on Mayawati as: Quote,"I would like to see this woman stripped and shot right in the chest 4 times." Unquote.
 

<< Then it's high time you strip yourself naked at Kolkata maidan, point your gun to your bum and shoot right in the arse four times, cause your wish didn't come true. But don't lose heart, as Didi from Kalighat may soon fulfil that nightmare come true, since you said that Mamata looks 62 yrs old, thats 5 year more than her certificate age (http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=748976).

RIP JO.

Shyamal Barua, Kolkata
16/D-115
Mar 26, 2012
03:57 PM

@ Kel Shorey, msg no. D97/5 (mar 25)

You aren't the first one, and there are many so-called Macaulay putras (of classic education) who remain cozy on their perches, inland or abroad, and call names at Anna. Despite his rough edges or rusticness, and crude methods, his efforts are totally in the national interest and against massive inbred corruption in India. The masses are with him is a testimony in itself. India maybe bereft of the good hands, who have escaped India's problem and settled elsewhere selfishly, but there is still no dearth of virtuous people like Anna! He is driving the abandoned truck called 'India' to the right destination.

R. KELKAR
nagpur, india
15/D-69
Mar 26, 2012
11:45 AM

Barua

U seem to fall in the category "a fool at 40 is a fool forever" ...Instead of realising the fact that people like Hazare is entirely putting the nation into jeopardy ...u are busy mocking people around.

Peep into your miserable life and try to come in terms to the fact that u are a born looser !!

Jo Mb, kolkata
14/D-41
Mar 26, 2012
08:12 AM

>>Kel Shorey, Glasgow : People like you are the worst enemies of India! If people like you represent the future of India, then India has no future!

<< If you are 70+, as deduced by Whatever from Bangalore, then you can't be the future of India as well. Besides, feloow U.K. resident Arvind Kumar of Leicester has also not been kind to you.

Hence I guess, you may continue to make phenomenal noise by farting aloud, as proposed by Srinivas from Lucknow. Ha..Ha..Ha..

Shyamal Barua, Kolkata
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