Lokpal: Anna Hazare rules out Ramdev's doubts on 'best team'

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Anna Hazare
New Delhi, Apr 11: Anna Hazare diminished all the controversies regarding yoga-guru Baba Ramdev's doubts on the selection of the "Lokpal bill" drafting committee members. Hazare claimed that the draft committee is the "best team" for "Lokpal Bill" and will remain unchanged. (What is Lokpal Bill?)

Announcing his decision to stick to the government's decision, Hazare said, "Baba Ramdev seems to have had a misunderstanding. It's a family matter. We will sort it out. This is the best team and it will not change. You need to understand this is the temperature team for drafting."

Ramdev, earlier, had raised question on the presence of Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant Bhushan in the 10 member joint committee which has been set up with both the government and Anna Hazare's consent. (Anna Hazare Lokpal Bill: Committee Composition)

Social activist Kiran Bedia also tried to clarify Ramdev's doubt as she informed, "I spoke with Ramdevji and tried to explain him on the matter. This is not a relationship thing, but they are the ones who will bring reform."

The 72-year-old Gandhian Hazare held a fast-unto-death protest demanding the "Lokpal Bill" to fight back corruption in the nation. Citing nation-wide protest and support for Hazare, the government approved the protesters' demands and set up the joint committee to draft the anti-corruption bill. Hazare ended his five-day long hunger strike on Apr 9. (Battle not ended but started - Anna Hazare breaks fast)

The 10 member joint committee comprises of 5 representatives from the government and 5 from the civil society. The detail of the committee:

Representatives of civil society:

Former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan (Co-chairman)

Anna Hazare

Eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan

Retired Supreme Court Judge Santosh Hegde

RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal

Government representatives:

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (Chairman)

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal

Law Minister Veerappa Moily

Water Resources Minister Salman Khursheed

Home Minister P Chidambaram

RTI activist Kejriwal also supported Hazare and claimed, "Naturally who understood the nitty gritty of the bill will be in this team. There was a collective decision on the team members. There is no controversy involved into the matter."

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