"ANNA corrupt": says, Congress

In what has turned out to be a cat and mouse game ,now Indian ruling party ,Congress is now calling Anna Hazare corrupt, also going to an extent of calling him mentally ill. Anna Hazare will be sitting on a Fast(anshan) on 16 th of august due to dissatisfaction from the lokpal bill presented to the parliament by the govt of india. Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare decided to uphold his Anshan after the dialogues completely broke down between the ministers and civil society members. Anna hazare team made clear that the hunger strike will go ahead as planned that on 16th of august. RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal, a key aide of Hazare and a member of the Lokpal Bill draft committee, said the team was even ready to be court arrested.

Just to let you know , here's what all has happened till now:::

        Who is anna hazare?:- Anna Hazare is an ex armay man who turned to social activisim latter in his life after retiring from The Indian Army. Ralegan siddhi is the name of a village for which Anna is responsible for turning around. For this effort he was awarded Padam Bhushan (third higest civilian award) by the Indian government in 1992. Anna has carried out a number of protests against corruption in Mahatshtra over the last decade.

This is when he gets into the media :

  • On 5 april, 2011, he made heads in the UPA government when he sat on an fast unto death on 5 April 2011 to exert pressure on the government of India to enact a strong anti-corruption act which he called as JAN LOKPAL BILL, to act against in a corruption stricken INDIA. The fast led to nationwide support for Anna in a fight against corruption .
  • The fast ended on 9th april, a day after his demands were agreed upon by the government of India. The movement attracted attention in the media, and thousands of supporters. Almost 150 people reportedly joined Hazare in his fast.
  • On 9 April 2011 it issued a notification in the Gazette of India on formation of a joint committee. It accepted the formula that there be a politician Chairman and an activist, non-politician Co-Chairman. Pranab Mukherjee was named chairman of the comitee.
  • 30 May 2011, the Union government members opposed the inclusion of the prime minister, higher judiciary and the acts of the MPs under the purview of the Lokpal in the draft bill
  • On 31 May 2011, Pranab Mukherjee, sent a letter to the chief ministers of all states to ask frothier opinions.
  • 6 June 2011, difrences creep in the talks between the govt and Anna Hazare team resulting in other civil society members deciding to boycott the meeting of the joint Lokpal Bill drafting committee.
  • 8 June 2011 , Anna criticized the Government for trying to discredit the joint Lokpal Bill and threatened to go on indefinite fast again from 16 August 2011 if the Lokpal Bill is not passed by then.
  • July 28, 2011 the union cabinet on approved a draft of the Lokpal Bill, which keeps the Prime Minister, judiciary and lower bureaucracy out of the ambit of the proposed corruption ombudsman Lokpal. This draft is significantly different from the version of the bill suggested by civil society activists led by Anna Hazare. Hazare rejected the government version by describing it as "cruel joke'' and wrote a letter to Prime Minister and told him his decision to go on an indefinite fast from August 16, 2011 at Jantar Mantar if the government introduced its own version of the bill in Parliament without taking suggestions from civil society members.
  • The same day, nation rises in protest against a weak lokpal bill. In just 24 hours after cabinet's decision to send weak Lokpal Bill, over ten thousand peoples from across the country sent faxes directly to the government demanding a strong bill.

The nation awaits 16th august to see what is the next move by Anna in a fight against corruption which has now turned directly into a fight against the Indian govt.

Replying back at Congress' allegations, anna said "The charges levelled against me are false. I dare them to conduct an enquiry against me. Till the time my name is cleared I will continue my fast."

At a press conference , "Anna said, "The Congress has targeted my team members and now they are targeting me. It was me how had requested for an enquiry. It was their government. And they were not ready for it. Demanding an enquiry, I sat on a fast."

Drafting Committee Members:-

The drafting committee was officially formed on 8 April 2011. It consists of ten members, including five from the government and five drawn from society

Government members

Five Cabinet ministers will be a part of the Drafting Committee. They are:
  • Pranab Mukherjee, Finance Minister, Co-Chairman
  • P. Chidambaram, Minister of Home Affairs
  • Veerappa Moily, Minister of Corporate Affairs;
  • Kapil Sibal, Minister for Communications and Information Technology
  • Salman Khursid, Minister of Law

Civil society members

Five leading social activists will be a part of the Drafting Committee. They are:
  • Shanti Bhushan, Former Minister of Law and Justice, Co-Chairman
  • Anna Hazare, Social Activist
  • N. Santosh Hegde, Lokayukta (Karnataka)
  • Prashant Bhushan, Lawyer
  • Arvind Kejriwal, RTI Activist.

Anna hazare team

  • Shanti Bhushan, Former Minister of Law and Justice, Co-Chairman
  • Anna Hazare, Social Activist
  • N. Santosh Hegde, Lokayukta (Karnataka)
  • Prashant Bhushan, Lawyer
  • Arvind Kejriwal, RTI Activist.