Political consensus fails, Team Anna readies for 25 March

by FP Staff  Mar 23, 2012 16:00 IST

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Anna Hazare today said he would be continuing with his fast on 25 March to demand for the inclusion of a strong whistleblower law as part of the Lokpal  and former IPS official Kiran Bedi said they would like  to see the CBI freed of government intervention.

"The meeting was called yesterday but we have learnt that there has been no consensus on it,"  Hazare said.

Hazare and his supporters will continue for a stronger Lokpal in their fast on 25 March. Reuters

"Among those who have been fighting against corruption, 25 of them have been murdered. Under Jan Lokpal we are saying that legislations like the whistleblower law must be introduced but the government is not prepared to do it. To condemn this we will be protesting at Jantar Mantar on 25 March, " he said.

Hazare is scheduled to fast on 25 March in Delhi to demand for the formation of a strong Lokpal.

Bedi said they were heartened by the fact that political parties had failed to agree on passing the Lokpal bill through the Rajya Sabha.

"Well it seems that the one which was passed by the Lok Sabha is wide open and if it is wide open it means that this weak bill has been exposed," she told CNN-IBN.

"In the end if it is going to be a number game, then the party in power is still managing the numbers. The CBI is critical," Bedi said.

As per the bill passed by the Lok Sabha oversight over the CBI still was with the government in power, then it makes no difference and was its passage was a retrograde step, she said.

"If the government is amending what it passed in the Lok Sabha then it is something to look forward to," Bedi said, adding that with the issue of federalism coming to the fore the various states could come up with Lok Ayuktas to deal with corruption at the state level.