New Delhi: Veteran social activist Anna Hazare’s fast unto death for Jan Lokpall Bill has made its impact on the government. On the second day of the agitation, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has resigned from the GoMs, which was constituted for combating corruption.

Anna had raised the question on the structure of the GoMs. First of all he accused Pawar of having a fair chunks of land. He also made a dig at other members of the GoMs like Veerappa Moily and Kapil Sibal.

Reacting to Pawar’s resignation from the GoMs, Anna said he (Pawar) should resign from the Union Council of Ministers as well. On the other hand, the Congress is walking tight rope on the Jan Lokpal Bill. The party is neither turning down nor ignoring the demands of Anna. The Congress accepts the demands of Anna but snubs his agitation.

Earlier, Anna was labeled a pro RSS man and his campaign was proved to be irrelevant by the Central government. Ministers like Kapil Sibal Ambika Soni and Veerappa Moily said, “The government is paying attention to Hazare’s demands. That is why GoMs headed by Pranab Mukherjee has constituted a sub-group with AK Antony being its chairman.”

Moily, a member of the sub-group, said that Hazare’s demands of joint committee for making drafts of the Bill had not been rejected.

Sibal said the Centre should have a competent law to check corruption but it can’t take any step in hurry on the Lokpal Bill.

The government doesn’t want to give credit of Lokpal Bill to Anna consequently, Sonia Gandhi-lead National Advisory Committee had begun to discuss on the Lokpal Bill before the agitation started.

JPN/Bureau