Social activist and face of the movement seeking the formation of the Lokpal, Anna Hazare today called the Lokpal Bill to be sent to Parliament a "betrayal of the nation" and said he was prepared to launch another agitation against it
"I call it cheating because the government had issued a gazette and formed a committee, that we were part of, which did not meet for even three months," Hazare said.
Hazare said he wasn't afraid of launching another agitation at Ramlila Maidan around the time of the next election if the government failed to form a strong Lokpal.
"If need be I will still be at Ramlila Maidan once again when the general election dates are announced," Anna said.
However, if the government did form a strong anti-corruption ombudsman he would congratulate them himself, he said.
He also brushed aside possible differences with associate Kiran Bedi on the issue.
"May be she is not aware of the details of the bill," Hazare said, when asked why both of them have divergent views on the matter.
Hazare pointed out that Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi had written a letter to him thanking him for his support in the creation of the Lokpal Bill, but he had written back until bodies like the CBI were brought under its ambit, the bill would not help curb corruption.
He said he had also written to the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi about creating a strong Lokpal. However, in his reply, Rahul had not spoken about the Lokpal or its formation at all, Hazare said.
The social activist, who led the agitation against corruption and seeking the formation of the anti-corruption ombudsman, said that he would continue a public campaign to encourage people to elect responsible leaders to Parliament.
"Until the poor get justice I will continue my agitation," he said.
First Published On : Feb 1, 2013 15:54 IST