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Agnivesh draws parallel with Libya,cites ‘people’s power’

Highlighting the power of the “aam aadmi”,Swami Agnivesh compared the Anna Hazare movement to the uprising in Libya.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
August 23, 2011 1:39:53 am

Highlighting the power of the “aam aadmi”,Swami Agnivesh today compared the Anna Hazare movement to the uprising in Libya and the “almost completed” downfall of the Muammar Gaddafi government.

Addressing the gathering at Ramlila Maidan,Agnivesh said: “Look how much power people have. The dictatorial regime of the Libyan president is about to come to an end,and it is because of the will of the Libyan people. We must take encouragement from this,that things can change in a matter of weeks if people have the will.”

Agnivesh also exhorted people to indulge in a form of “present day civil disobedience”,saying this was the method that Mahatma Gandhi had employed to influence the British government.

Earlier in the day,at the “Anna ki Paathshala”,as Kiran Bedi called it,Arvind Kejriwal spent more than half-an-hour enumerating the differences between the government’s version of the Lokpal Bill and their Jan Lokpal Bill. “The government says that there will be no Lokpals in the states and only class ‘A’ and ‘B’ officers will come under it. This means that all of you who face corruption from junior level officers in the states will not be covered under the Lokpal,” he said.

He also criticised the government’s provision for removal of officers. “The ministers themselves are corrupt and get a part of the money earned. We want the removal of officers under the Lokpal,an unbiased body.”

Countering the criticism that members of the Lokpal could also become corrupt,Kejriwal said any citizen can file a application in the Supreme Court and an investigation would be completed in three months under the Jan Lokpal Bill. “The government says that only it should have the power of removal. Again,they are taking away power from the hands of the aam aadmi.”

Later,Kiran Bedi stepped on the stage,speaking on the need to make the CBI independent from the government. In the spirit of the “paathshala”,Bedi called a supporter on the dais to check whether everything she had said had been understood. When the girl gave all the right answers,she was declared “passed”,to the roaring approval of the crowd.

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