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Govt's Lokpal draft only fit for the dustbin: Anna Hazare

Anti corruption activist Anna Hazare has lashed at the government draft of the Lokpal bill that has been accepted by the Rajya Sabha, ahead of what promises to be yet another tumultuous Parliament session.

Zee news reported that Hazare had said that the government Lokpal would not eradicate corruption, and was only fit for the dustbin.

The Rajya Sabha Select Committee on Monday adopted its draft report on the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill.

The Select Committee has suggested bringing Prime Minister under the purview of Lokpal. It also suggested that Lokayuktas be set up within a year. The report will be tabled within the first week of the winter session.

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Based on the report the government may bring a bill in this session.

The BJP has given a suggestion note against 50 per cent reservation in Lokpal. This is not a dissent note. The Left has also given a suggestion note to bring the private sector under the purview of the bill.

Hazare had already accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of "betrayal" on the Jan Lokpal Bill and warned of another protest if it was not passed before the 2014 general election.

Addressing supporters after inaugurating his new office at Sarvodaya Enclave in New Delhi, Hazare said: "If the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed before the 2014 elections, we will hold another rally at Ramlila Maidan.

The septuagenarian said Manmohan Singh had betrayed him by not fulfilling his pledge to pass the Anti-Corruption Bill in parliament.

"Our fight for Jan Lokpal Bill will continue till it is passed by the government. I will campaign throughout the country and try to raise the conscience of the people. I will try to bring in change," he said.

Taking a dig at politicians, Hazare said: "The country lacks leadership."

"The time has come to reach out to every house in the country and spread the message of anti-corruption. We have to work for a corruption-free India," he said.

Hazare had Saturday announced a new 15-member team and vowed to start a nation-wide campaign against corruption from Jan 30, the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

With inputs from IANS