New draft of Lokpal Bill a farce: Hazare
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Anna Hazare on Thursday rejected the amended Lokpal Bill approved by the Union Cabinet as a "farce" and announced that he will launch another agitation if the government went ahead with the enactment of a "weak" legislation.
He questioned the UPA's commitment to root out corruption in the country, saying he does not "trust" Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to bring a stringent Bill for creating an anti-corruption ombudsman.
"Both PM and Sonia Gandhi can no more be trusted to bring a stringent Lokpal Bill to root out corruption... Had they been committed to the issue it would not have taken two years to take a concrete decision in this regard," Hazare told reporters here.
Describing the Lokpal Bill approved by the Union Cabinet on Thursday as "a farce", Hazare said that he had written a letter to Sonia in reply to her letter to him seeking clarification whether the proposed Bill will be a stringent one and whether CBI and the CVC will be kept out of the government's control. But she has not responded to these clarifications, he said.