New Delhi: In the wake of the Central government preparation to table the controversial Lokpal Bill in the Parliament, Anna Hazare on Tuesday appealed to the Members of Parliament to oppose its presentation contending that the legislation cleared by the Cabinet is 'anti-poor'.

In an open letter to the MPs, Hazare said, “It is an insult for both Parliamentarians and the Parliament to put forth a weak bill, which overlooks common man’s concerns.”  He clearly stated that his protest is not against politicians, but against the government which did not focus on the plight of the common man before getting the bill cleared by the Cabinet last Thursday.

Drawing the attention on five different aspects of the Lokpal Bill Hazare said in his letter that the bill must address and reduce common man's persisting problems.  Through this bill he demanded timely completion of administration related work and to penalise the concerned official in case of delay.

Condemning the provision to include only Grade A officers under the purview of the Bill, Hazare said, “Government officials at every level should be included in this Bill to curb corruption because common man has to only face corruption by low grade officials.”

He also emphasised state-level and independent selection, funding and removal of Lokayuktas to ensure autonomy of its functioning. In his letter, he also demanded inclusion of the Prime Minister, higher judiciary and conduct of the MPs inside the Parliament under the ambit of Lokpal.
 
Meanwhile, Anna Hazre on Tuesday received an official letter from Delhi Police for not getting permission to conduct protest at Jantar Mantar. In his reply, he has suggested alternative venues for his protest including Rajghat, Shaheed Park, Ramleela Ground or Boat Club.

(JPN/Bureau)