Saturday, August 27, 2011

Government agrees to Anna's 3 key demands, Anna hazare Fast will end on 28th August 2011 at 10 am, Indian Parliament passes resolution on Lokpal Bill


New Delhi: The eight-hour long extraordinary debate on the Lokpal issue Saturday ended with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee expressing “a broad sense of the house” that includes an in-principle acceptance of three key demands of Anna Hazare by the Lok Sabha.

There was, however, neither any resolution nor a voice vote that was expected at the end of the debate, just desk-thumping by members drawn from all parties.

These included an agreement on the citizens' charter, the bringing of the lower bureaucracy under the Lokpal and the setting up of Lokayuktas in the state.

Mukherjee, also leader of the house, made it clear that the outcome of the proceedings will be submitted to the parliamentary standing committee examining the Lokpal bill. The standing committee will bring a revised legislation to the house, he said.
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"Parliament has spoken. The will of Parliament is will of the people," said the Prime Minister. (Watch) A letter signed by him was delivered in a moment of drama and political opportunism to Anna on stage at Ramlila Maidan. The letter-bearers included Vilasrao Deshmkuh, who is from Anna's home state of Maharashtra and shares a good rapport with the Gandhian.

"We have won half the battle," said Anna, thanking the thousands of workers and supporters who helped elevate his movement to the top of the country's agenda. "It is your victory," he said. "I will end my fast with you at 10 am" he said to huge applause. "Celebrate what we have won, but please be peaceful," he urged.


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