Anti-Corruption

Anna Wants No Condition on Fast; Talks Still On

BeyondHeadlines Staff Reporter

New Delhi: Veteran Gandhian Anna Hazare and his team are holding discussions with the government and the Delhi Police today over the venue of his fast after he comes out of Tihar Jail.

Addressing protesters outside Tihar Jail, Manish Sisodia, a close aide of Hazare, said that Anna wants a minimum one month permit for his fast to continue.

After meeting Hazare, lawyer Prashant Bhushan told the crowd of supporters outside the jail that the Gandhian would come out of the jail only if he is allowed to fast without conditions.

The spacious Ramlila grounds in north Delhi is emerging as the likely venue for Anna Hazare to hold his fast-unto-death for a strong anti-corruption law, informed sources said.

Prashant Bhushan, senior lawyer and member of the joint drafting committee of the Lokpal bill, told mediapersons outside the jail that Ramlila Grounds was actively being considered.

Whatever the decision, it will be suitable to Hazare and his supporters, he added.

He asked the hundreds of activists gathered outside the jail to keep calm. He also called upon all supporters to gather at India Gate in the heart of the capital for important declarations.

He also told the crowd that people of Delhi have been asked to come to India Gate for a march to Jantar Mantar in support of a strong Lokpal and fight against corruption.

Hazare had earlier sought permission from Tihar Jail authorities for a meeting with some of his top associates to plan his strategy.

The meeting was attended by Bhushan, Kiran Bedi, Medha Patkar, Manish Sisodia and Swami Agnivesh. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashok Chand was also present at the meeting.

Hazare also met Sri Sri Ravishankar and yoga guru Ramdev in the prison.

Meanwhile, Anna Hazare has sent out a message asking protesters to maintain calm and peace.

 

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