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Hazare writes to PM, reiterates agitation threat

By The Assam Tribune
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New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS): Raising doubts about the government's intention to pass the Lokpal Bill in the winter session of Parliament, Anna Hazare on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and reiterated his threat to start an agitation from Dec 27.

Accusing the government of betraying people, Hazare said he will launch a 'jail bharo' agitation from Dec 30, ahead of the earlier announced date of Jan 1.

"If the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) is not under the Lokpal, it will be a toothless body. It appears the government does not want to let go of the agency," Hazare wrote in his four-page letter to Manmohan Singh, copies of which were mailed to the media.

"Whether it's the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) or Congress, everybody in power has misused the CBI. They have attacked their opponents and protected their own corrupt leaders," added Hazare.

Hazare said that the prime minister, in the last few months, had written to him on several occasions assuring that a strong Lokpal bill will be passed in the winter session.

"But will it happen? I have my doubts," said Hazare.

The winter session is scheduled to end Dec 22, but the government has said it will extend the session, if needed, to pass the Lokpal bill.

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Hazare writes to PM, reiterates agitation threat

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS): Raising doubts about the government's intention to pass the Lokpal Bill in the winter session of Parliament, Anna Hazare on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and reiterated his threat to start an agitation from Dec 27.

Accusing the government of betraying people, Hazare said he will launch a 'jail bharo' agitation from Dec 30, ahead of the earlier announced date of Jan 1.

"If the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) is not under the Lokpal, it will be a toothless body. It appears the government does not want to let go of the agency," Hazare wrote in his four-page letter to Manmohan Singh, copies of which were mailed to the media.

"Whether it's the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) or Congress, everybody in power has misused the CBI. They have attacked their opponents and protected their own corrupt leaders," added Hazare.

Hazare said that the prime minister, in the last few months, had written to him on several occasions assuring that a strong Lokpal bill will be passed in the winter session.

"But will it happen? I have my doubts," said Hazare.

The winter session is scheduled to end Dec 22, but the government has said it will extend the session, if needed, to pass the Lokpal bill.

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