New Delhi: With a dead end in sight for the Lokpal bill panel, Anna Hazare on Thursday threatened to go on a hunger strike again saying that the government is not interested in a strong bill.
Upset with the government, Anna Hazare said that he will go on a fast again from August 15.
“It looks like the Centre doesn’t want to bring a strong Lokpal bill. It seems will have to go for a hunger strike again,” said Hazare.
Lokpal stalemate continues
“I think main part of discussion is over. Our Version of bill will be sent to the government. Next two meetings are just formalities. Don’t look at things as a pessimistic way. I’ll support Anna for fast, but I won’t go to the street,” said Justice Santosh Hegde.
Is the Lokpal dream over?
Meanwhile, it could be the end of the road for the Lokpal Bill as the government and Team Anna have been unable to reach a consensus after seven meetings.
The two sides are not seeing eye to eye on core issues like the inclusion of the prime minister within the ambit of the Lokpal bill. They will meet again on June 20. If a consensus is not reached, two versions of the bill may be sent to the Cabinet for approval.
The government meanwhile has said that its draft will be ready by June 30 and bill will be tabled in Parliament in the monsoon session.
The government hopes to now rope in the Opposition as well so that it doesn’t alone shoulder blame for the breakdown of talks. The Opposition has sought a debate in Parliament on the Lokpal bill.