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No plan to create parallel govt: Anna

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, June 22 � Rejecting contention that Lokpal proposed by it was aimed at creating a �parallel� government, Anna Hazare today said he will undertake fast-unto-death from August 16 and would not go back on his decision even if the government makes any request, reports PTI.

A day after the joint committee for drafting Lokpal Bill wound up in a failure, the Hazare team lashed out at the government, saying it was �cheating� and �misleading� people and had pulled out a �very big hoax� through its version of the legislation.

Hazare said it was time for all like-minded people, including Ramdev with whom he was maintaining distance due to his proximity to Hindutva elements, to join hands in the fight against corruption, which he termed as �bigger danger for the country than Pakistan�.

Addressing a press conference here, he took strong exception to the government�s contention that the civil rights activists wanted to create a �parallel� government through their version of Lokpal Bill.

He asked whether the government considered an �independent� Election Commission or Supreme Court as a parallel entity.

Alleging that the government had no intent to bring a strong anti-corruption law, Hazare said, �the suspended agitation (of his fast) will be restarted from August 16 for the nation and the people. I will carry on with the agitation till I live.�

Observing that he had �no faith� in the government now, he said, �Even if the government approaches me, I will not change my decision. I will no longer believe their words but only their acts.�

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