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Anna threatens another fast; alters strategy on poll campaign

November 01
04:06 2011

Anna Hazare

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Seeking to mount pressure on government, Anna Hazare today threatened to launch another hunger strike from the last day of Parliament’s Winter Session if a strong Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed by then.

In a significant shift of strategy, Hazare made it clear that in the proposed campaign in five election-bound states, Team Anna will not canvas against Congress unlike it did in Hisar bypolls last month and would rather appeal to people not to vote for “corrupt, goonda and looters”.

The 74-year-old activist shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a day after it was announced that the Winter Session could be from November 22 to December 23.

Hazare said responsible people in government and Congress were making remarks that create doubts about the passage of the bill to which he took exception.

“I will begin my hunger strike agitation on the last day of the Session, if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the House and the team will tour various states to educate people about the issue,” he said noting that he had suspended his earlier agitation following an assurance from Singh.

Hazare, who called off his 12-day hunger strike in Ramlila Maidan in August 28, said his team will also travel to various states to “educate” people about the need for a strong Jan Lokpal Bill when he resumes his fast.

“In the five states where elections are to be held, I will ask people, without taking any sides, to vote for good candidates and not for corrupt, ‘goondas’ and looters,” he said. -PTI

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