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Students support Anna, clueless about Lokpal Bill

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Pune, Aug 23 : Students who are a large part of Team Anna's movement against corruption know little about the Jan Lokpal Bill, says a report by MiD DAY.

According to the report, 9 out of 10 students said that they were clueless on what the basic features of the Jan Lokpal Bill was.

"I have been a part of Hazare's support rally for two-three days. I know this man is fighting against corruption but I can't remember the exact points that he is demanding. I want all corruption to be inquired into by the CBI and I think Hazare is also demanding such a thing, which I support," said Swapnil Deshmukh, a third-year student of Modern College, Pune.

"We discussed this in college and canteens and thought of supporting this senior citizen fighting against corruption. What I know about Hazare is that he is an ex-military man and a social activist, but I don't know Jan Lokpal bill point-to-point. I can't tell you the exact difference between the government and the Jan Lokpal bill and I will discuss this with friends to give you the answer," said Noor Sabah Shaikh, Poona College.

"I can't remember the Lokpal provisions but my idea is to fight against corruption. I think you understand the sentiment and the issue," said another student, Suraj Bhosale, who said he had no clue about what the Lokpal Bill was.

"I am supporting Anna on his demand that the judiciary be brought under the Lokpal Bill and also that the removal of Lokpal be with the people and not the government. Also, I have objections to the way the committee would be formed and the majority of the people being nominated by the government, which would defy the purpose of an independent Lokpal," said Nitish Gaidhana, an engineering student who knew what the Lokpal Bill was bout.

Meanwhile, according to reports, it has been decided that Union Science and Technology Minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh will be the back channel negotiator with Team Anna.

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