A 93 year old to take on Anna Hazare; to fast from Aug

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New Delhi, Jul 3: If you hold Gandhian and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare in high regard and highly appreciative of his fight for a noble cause, then read on. There is another crusader who wants to steal the thunder from Hazare's campaign.

Hazare's rival is a 93 year old Shambhu Datta Sharma who is a Lokpal campaigner since 1998. He too intends to go the fasting way from August.

He is believed to have written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi stating, "The government can check corruption if it makes amendments to existing laws."He also said that he was not in agreement with Hazare's method of protest and stated that it was not a Gandian-way to force the government into submission and said, "Gandhian philosophy is of patience and not dead-lines."

Sharma added, "I am willing to accept the government"s draft as of now. In future, the PM should be under the jurisdiction of the lokpal." He also slammed Hazare's demand to include the higher judiciary and the protection of whistleblowers under the ambit of the 11-member lokpal.

Sharma stating his set of demands said that the government should adopt the Corrupt Public Servants (Forfeiture of Property) Bill prepared by the Law Commission in 1999. He also sought to debar criminals from contesting elections by amending the Representation of People"s Act apart from an effective Lokpal.

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