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Prashant Bhushan meets Anna Hazare over Janlokpal Bill

Prashant Bhushan

Former AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Thursday took his fight against Arvind Kejriwal government’s Janlokpal Bill to veteran activist Anna Hazare, whom the AAP had approached earlier this week.

Both the ruling Aam Aadmi Party and Swaraj Abhiyan, a group led by expelled party leaders Mr. Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, are hoping to get Mr. Hazare on their side to get an upper hand in the ongoing tussle.

Mr. Hazare has already supported the proposed legislation, which has been tabled by the Delhi government in the Assembly, albeit with riders.

The activist-lawyer met Mr. Hazare at the latter’s residence in Ralegan Siddhi. They were a part of the India Against Corruption forum of the 2011 anti-corruption Janklokpal movement.

Mr. Bhushan has been maintaining that the current Bill is a “diluted” version of the one that was tabled in 2014 in terms of several provisions including that in appointment, removal and jurisdiction of the ombudsman.

Mr. Hazare has suggested changes in the selection panel and in the removal process, which the government is likely to incorporate.
IANS