Anna puts off anti-Cong yatra, will wait till Winter session

Anna Hazare
New Delhi, Oct 14: Anna Hazare has put off his planned 'yatra' against Congress demanding a strong Lokpal Bill and will now wait till the end of Winter Session of Parliament.

"Anna will not say anything now. Wait till the Winter Session is over. He will wait for the Winter Session. Let us see whether Congress brings the bill," Arvind Kejriwal, a key Team Anna member, told reporters here on Oct 14, Friday.

However, other members of the Team would visit Uttar Pradesh from October 17 educating people about the need for a strong Lokpal. "We will ask people to wait till the Winter Session and will ask them not to vote for Congress if they do not bring the bill in the Winter Session," he said. On October 17, the team will go to Banda in Bundelkhand and Kanpur and the next day, they will be in Unnao and Lucknow.

Asked why they were not opposing BSP, Kejriwal said, "There is no need for that. Even if Mayawati desires (that the bill is enacted), the Lokpal Bill will not come. But if Sonia Gandhi desires, it will come in two minutes. So we need to frighten Sonia and not Maya."

On government plans to confer Constitutional status to Lokpal, he said they welcome the idea but expressed fear that it was a delaying tactic.

"Congress will say they tried to bring it but there was no consensus and they could not muster 2/3rd majority for a Constitutional amendment. So what we want is the body and parallely, may be, you can give it Constitutional status."

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