PM salutes Anna, agrees to discuss all versions of Lokpal

New Delhi, Aug 25: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, Aug 25 stated that all versions of Lokpal Bill will be discussed in the Parliament. Informing the people, the PM also showed his respect to the 74-year-old Gandhian crusader stating, "I salute Anna Hazare."

"His point has been registered. I respect his idealism. Anna Hazare has become the embodiment of people's concern and disgust with corruption. I applaud him, I salute him," asserted the PM in the parliament.

Citing the latest decision of the government, it seems that Anna received his first victory in the battle with the government demanding a strong anti-corruption bill to uproot corruption from the country.

There are four versions of Lokpal Bill in the dock that is to be discussed - Government's Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare's Jan Lokpal Bill, social activist, Aruna Roy's graft on Lokpal and a special draft tabled by the Dalits.

PM, while stating in the House, said that all MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha want Anna to break his indefinite fast which has entered 10th day on Thursday.

Requesting Anna to give up his fast, Manmohan Singh said, "I want Jan Lokpal Bill to be given due consideration by the Parliamentary Standing Committee."

"I request all to request Anna that his point has been registered and we will take note of it," said the Prime Minister while addressing the Parliament.

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