Team Hazare to hold brainstorming session on Jan Lokpal bill


Ralegan Siddhi (Maharahstra): Anna Hazare and his team will start a two-day brainstorming session here Saturday over the future course of action for the Jan Lokpal bill and other issues, an aide of the social activist said Friday.

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Around 45 people from India Against Corruption and other groups started arriving in the village Friday for the deliberations, Hazare aide Suresh Pathare told media persons.

“The core committee meeting will start in two sessions tomorrow (Saturday) morning and there will be a public meeting in the evening. Two more sessions shall be held Sunday and the outcome will be informed to the media,” Pathare said.

While Arvind Kejriwal, Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan have already reached the village, Kiran Bedi was expected Friday night.

Among the issues on the agenda is the future course of action for the Jan Lokpal bill for which Hazare undertook a 12-day fast last month in New Delhi.

Besides, Hazare is planning to widen the scope of the anti-corruption movement by demanding electoral reforms, the right to recall elected representatives and related issues.

Earlier Friday, Hazare addressed a group of his followers where he challenged Congress spokesman Manish Tewari to prove his allegations of corruption.

“If he can prove that I have taken even Rs.100, I am ready to work in his home, fill water for the rest of my life,” declared Hazare, who slapped a legal defamation notice on Tewari Thursday.

Hazare had ended his hunger strike in New Delhi Aug 27 and returned to Ralegan Siddhi a few later.

He had addressed a massive public rally in the village last Friday (Sep 2) when he warned that the struggle against corruption would be long and difficult.

Soon after his arrival from the capital, the state government upgraded his security to Z-category, but Hazare rejected outright the enhanced security cover.