Arvind Kejriwal questions Anna Hazare's accepting govt Lokpal Bill

New Delhi, Dec 14: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit out at the Lokpal, calling it a 'Jokepal' and questioned how anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare could accept the government's Lokpal Bill.

"I am really surprised, how can Anna accept the sarkari Lokpal Bill? Sarkari Lokpal is a 'jokepal'," Kejriwal tweeted, asking whether anybody was misleading Hazare.

Hazare, who has been fasting for five days now seeking the passage of the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament in the ongoing session, said he was happy with the amended bill tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Friday and would call off his hunger strike if the law became a reality.

Sarkari Lokpal is a Jokepal, said the AAP convenor in his tweet

Hazare said it soon after Rahul Gandhi made a strong pitch for passing the bill, calling it a powerful weapon in the fight against corruption. The veteran social activist also reached out to Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav seeking the latter's support for the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament.

Sources in the SP, however, said that it would not support the bill.

Kejriwal, who is currently in the headlines for remaining adamant in not joining either the Congress or the BJP in forming the government in Delhi, wrote two letters to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP president Rajnath Singh on Saturday over the support offered by the two national parties. While the Congress offered 'unconditional support' to the AAP, the BJP wanted to give 'issue-based support' to form its government.

Kejriwal in his letters mentioned 18 issues, including Jan Lokpal Bill, water, electricity, regularisation of colonies, granting bungalows to politicians, FDI in retail and the like.

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