Though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said all the parties should work together to push for a "strong and effective" Lokpal, Congress apparently rejected Civil Society's Aug 30 deadline to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill. Congress leaders said that the legislative process could take longer than that and it cannot be possible to pass the Anna's version of Lokpal without any changes.
Interestingly giving hopes for a conscience between Team Anna and government, Congress MP Praveen Singh Aron on Saturday submitted the Jan Lokpal Bill to Parliament's Standing Committee which is examining the government's version of the legislation.
Sources said that the submission of Janlokpal by Congress MP hints that the government was working to accommodate some of the recommendations of Team Anna over the Lokpal issue.
Meanwhile, Anna Hazare continued his adamant fight saying that his fast will end only after government passing the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament. He said there is a chain of corruption right from bottom to the top.
"Corruption is everywhere. Doesn't the government know? It knows everything but everyone is involved in this. Govt is also involved in this corruption. There is a chain of corruption right from bottom to the top. We have to break this chain of corruption for the future," said Anna.
Speaking at Ramlila Maidan, social activist Medha Patkar said politicians who in the name of people's representatives are "looting public money" and indulging in violence and corruption.
"The public has now awakened and understood. There is a wave of enthusiasm and faith in the people. All those who in the name of people's representatives are pretending to sleep and are looting public money, indulging in exploitation, violence and corruption will not be spared. The public have chosen Anna and the Janlokpal Bill. If you agree with it and you can give it to us in writing on your letterhead and seal; if you don't do so then even we will not give you our votes," Medha Patkar said.