UPA 'betrayed' me, had promised Jan Lokpal would be passed: Anna Hazare
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Accusing the government of "betrayal" on the eve of his indefinite fast over Jan Lokpal, Anna Hazare today said time has come for the UPA government to deliver on its promise or quit.
He castigated the UPA government for continued delay in passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill, pending in the Rajya Sabha, saying it was unbridled corruption that proved Congress' undoing in Assembly elections in four states.
"The results of four Assembly polls have shown that people are angry with the present ruling alliance headed by Congress, specially on account of uncontrolled corruption, non-passage of Jan Lokpal Bill and basic issues affecting the common man," Hazare said.
"The people have given a mature reaction for strengthening the democratic process. Congress betrayed the people who responded appropriately," he said. "The Centre lacks the will to end corruption and time has come for it to act on its commitment or leave. When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh can pledge to get the communal violence bill passed in Parliament, why can't he do the same for the much-delayed anti-graft law?"
Recalling his earlier fast in Delhi for anti-graft watchdog, Hazare said, "Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter saying that Government is ready to bring Jan Lokpal Bill and said please end your fast. I trusted her and ended my fast.
"I didn't know that this UPA government will betray the public and me," he said.
Lamenting that despite a written assurance the Government had not enacted the law even after a lapse of two years, Hazare said when people came out on the streets and his hunger strike was underway, the Jan Lokpal Bill was passed in one day in Lok Sabha. After that, the bill went to the Standing Committee, then to the Rajya Sabha and to a Select Committee, he said.
"I will sit on hunger strike from tomorrow and continue my fast till the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament," he said. "This bill came to Rajya Sabha after being passed everywhere and only discussions on it were left. It has now been over a year and the bill is just lying in the Rajya Sabha and there are 71 Congress MPs there. The bill is still stuck there," Hazare said.