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BJP and Congress trying to pervert Anna, alleges AAP's Manish Sisodia

Friday, 13 December 2013 - 5:21pm IST | Agency: ANI

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia said on Friday that agents from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress are trying to pervert Anna Hazare on the issue of the Lokpal bill.

"Some agents from the congress and BJP are trying to pervert Anna. They are trying to convince him that if this Lokpal bill is passed, corruption can be put to an end," said Sisodia.

"The truth is that if this bill is passed, it will be a betrayal of the public as it is the same bill that we have been fighting against," he said.

The anti-corruption crusader, who started his fast-unto-death on Tuesday to press for immediate passage of Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament, said that he wouldn't buckle under government pressure and this time it will be a do or die situation.

The demand for a Lokpal Bill was seen as a revolutionary anti-graft movement, which in 2011 not only drew tens of thousands of Indians united against corruption onto the streets, but also stopped parliamentary proceedings and dominated the headlines for days on end.

But 18 months on, India Against Corruption (IAC) - a popular movement led by a group of the country's prominent social activists - has split due to the decision by some members to move from activism into politics.

The IAC movement, launched in December 2010, marked the first time in India that both the poor and the middle classes were united against corruption in such large numbers.

Over the past year, India has been transfixed by a campaign led by Anna Hazare to force the government to create an ombudsman, which would prosecute corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.

Hazare's initial hunger strike brought millions of sympathisers out on streets and forced the government into a series of humiliating U-turns.

The proposed bill envisages the setting up of a national anti-corruption watchdog to check financial mismanagement and corrupt practices that have deeply pervaded several democratic and civic institutions of India.

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