New Delhi: National Advisory Committee (NAC) has extended its support to the draft of Jan Lokpal Bill formulated by social activist and Gandhian Anna Hazare. A working group of NAC headed by Aruna Roy said the demands made in the draft are correct. The group agreed the present  agenda of Lokpall Bill is wrong and cannot be implemented as such.

However, the efforts to stop the hunger strike of Hazare have already started. The NAC, headed by Sonia Gandhi, has begun discussion on the bill and the responsibility to stop Hazare from going on the hunger strike is given to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and State Congress president Manikrao Thakre. NAC will hold its meeting on April 16.

Chavan said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was sensitive towards the issue and he knew that the demands made were relevant. At the same time, Manikrao Thakre has urged Hazare to stop his hunger strike.

Arvind Kejriwal, who is also supporting the fast, said, “Support of the working group of NAC is not enough. Government many a times has rejected several recommendations made by the group.”

BJP, however, has said that it would support the fast. Former BJP chief Rajnath Singh said, “Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi should immediately talk to Anna Hazare and persuade him to call off hunger strike.”

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari's statement about Hazare's campaign did not show any earnestness. Tiwari said, “India is a democratic country and everyone has right to sit on a fast.”

(JPN/ Bureau)