New Delhi: As the confrontation between government and Anna Hazare intensified, activist Kiran Bedi claimed on Wednesday night that the Gandhian may be forcibly moved out of Ramlila Maidan by police.

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"Reliable information is that Anna may be removed forcibly," Beedi tweeted.

Talks between government and Team Anna Hazare ended in a deadlock tonight with the two sides failing to resolve the key issues, promting the civil society to declare that they were "back to square one".

Meanwhile, addressing his supporters at Ramlila Maidan, Anna Hazare said, ”The Government is planning to evict me, let them do it.”

“Court arrest from tomorrow and picket houses of MPs,” Hazare appealed his supporters.

Talks back to square one, says civil society

Talks between government and Team Anna Hazare ended in a deadlock tonight with the two sides failing to resolve the key issues, prompting the civil society to declare that they were "back to square one".

Upset at the lack of progress, Anna Hazare's three representatives -- Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi -- said after another round of talks with government interlocutors headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee that difference between government's attitudes on Tuesday and on Wednesday was marked like "day and night".
   
They were of the view that talks were "back to square one" although the government said another round of discussions will be held on Thursday.

In a confirmation that Parliamentary procedures cannot be short-circuited, a point underlined by major political parties, Mukherjee said after the meeting that the government had hoped that Parliamentary process will be allowed to complete its exercise and make recommendations on Jan Lokpal Bill for its adoption.
   
Referring to recommendations of the all-party meeting that due consideration should be given to Jan Lokpal Bill so that the final draft provides for a "strong and effective" Lokpal, he said the government is committed to implementing the spirit of the decision.
   
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his letter to Hazare on Tuesday, "assured" that Jan Lokpal Bill would be referred to the Standing Committee and to make its recommendation, the process will also be expedited as per the discretion of the Standing Committee, Mukherjee said.

I won't give up even if I die: Hazare

Addressing thousands at the Ramlila Maidan Wednesday, a smiling but frail Anna Hazare said he will not give up his fast till the government meets all his demands for a strong anti-graft bill, even if it costs him his life. “Till the government does not accept all my demands, I will not give up,” said Hazare adding, “Even if I die, I don't care, but I'll fight till my life.”

On the ninth day of his fast - a team of doctors has advised Anna to take drips and not to speak much - the social activist was full of energy as he addressed the gathering. He said instead he was fine as he is getting energy from the people supporting the cause.

“On the ninth day of fast, my health is totally fine. Only my weight has reduced by six kg. There is nothing to worry about...I am getting energy from you,” the activist told people.

Expressing his concern over the corruption which he said has grown even in villages, 74-year-old Hazare said, “It has become very difficult for the poor to live today just because of the corruption which has now spread its wings wide even in villages.”

He added that for every small thing, poor people are forced to pay money to government officials, in order to get their work done. “No work is done if money (bribe) is not given. How will they live,” he asked.

“Yesterday, three people from our side went to talk to the government, but even today they don't have the intention of ending corruption,” Hazare said.

Terming this as a 'chain of corruption', the activist said with a strong Lokpal bill being passed, the problem can be eradicated. “If the Lokpal bill is passed, any complaint will be investigated and Lokpal will have powers enough to punish the culprit and even terminate their official duties,” he said.

Saying the government version of the Lokpal bill will not eradicate corruption at the state level, he said, “The Lokpal bill that you made was just for the Central government. How will you eradicate the corruption at the state level? Like Lokpal, Lokayukta should be made at the state level and it should have all powers as that of Lokpal.”

Hazare also spoke about a man setting himself ablaze in his support, saying such acts would not help their fight.

Fighting against ‘enemies within the country’: Anna

Amid concerns over his health as his protest entered ninth day, Anna Hazare said he could fast for another nine days. As government invited Team Anna for another round of talks, Hazare told the gathering that his fight was against "enemies within the country".

"I am fighting against enemies who are hiding in the house, traitors inside the house. We need to fight a second struggle against them," Hazare said.

He said one's youthfulness is not in body but in heart. "I am seeing those in their late 60s and 70s shouting slogans here," he said.

Meanwhile, ahead of the meeting with negotiators, Arvind Kejriwal said if the government introduces Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament tomorrow, then Hazare will break his fast.

"If anything happens to Hazare, government will be responsible," he said.

"We have demanded that they should bring Lokayukta in every state but government says they cannot do it as two lawyer-turned-ministers P Chidambarm and Kapil Sibal feel it cannot be done under the Constitution... They should tell us the provisions under which it cannot be done. We can tell them the provisions under which it can be done," Kejriwal said.

He also said if the government was concerned over Hazare's health, then they should introduce the Jan Lokpal bill.

Team Anna presents fresh draft

Meanwhile, hectic efforts to break the deadlock over Lokpal were on for the second day on Wednesday as Team Anna presented a fresh draft for consideration by the government.

Even as both sides have differences on three contentious issues, Team Anna submitted a draft which will be taken to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the chief government negotiator, sources said.

After the 90-minute meeting, both sides maintained that the discussions were good but declined to go into specifics of their deliberations.

Three members of Team Anna -- Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan -- held talks with Law Minister Salman Khurshid, who was accompanied by East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's close aide Pawan Khera.

"It was a very good meeting but there is nothing concrete," Khurshid said.

"There is no resolution as of now. Talks are continuing. There will be further discussions," Bhushan said.

Team Anna members will meet government negotiators soon after the all-party meeting scheduled this afternoon. Bedi said there was no forward movement on three sticky issues --  citizen's charter, inclusion of lower bureaucracy and setting up of Lokayukta in state through Lokpal.

Earlier in the day, Hazare stuck to the three issues and said he will continue his fast till all his demands are met.

Meanwhile, concerns over Hazare's health mounted after he refused doctors' advice to be put on an intravenous drip once again this morning even though he has increased his intake of fluid.

The 74-year-old anti-corruption crusader has lost another 200 grams in the past 24 hours with his weight settling at 66.2 kg. He was 72 kg before he began his fast on August 16.

His blood pressure was recorded at 104/86 while blood sugar was 106 and pulse rate 82.

"After his intake of fluid was increased, his health has stabilised. We have put the team of doctors on full alert. We are keeping a strict vigil on his health," Dr Naresh Trehan told reporters at the Ramlila Ground after examining him.

Varun Gandhi at Ramlila Maidan

Meanwhile Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi reached the Ramlila ground to support Anna Hazare's fast. The first BJP MP to reach the Ramlila ground, Gandhi went to sit with supporters at the site.

Gandhi stated he was in favour of the Jan Lokpal bill, which demands the inclusion of the Prime Minister, the higher judiciary and the conduct of MPs inside the Parliament within the ambit of the Lokpal (ombudsman).

The BJP leader had earlier said he would present the Jan Lokpal bill as a Private Member's bill in the Lok Sabha.


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