NEW DELHI, March 25 � 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, reports PTI.
Seventy-four-year-old Hazare�s new plan was declared at a token fast at Jantar Mantar for a strong whistleblowers bill after his close aide Arvind Kejriwal named 14 Cabinet ministers against whom 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 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 was mention 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.