New Delhi: Street plays, pamphlets to drum up support and a series of meetings to form teams of volunteers and take care of logistics -- Team Anna is working overtime to ensure that their Sunday protest at Jantar Mantar is a success. (Agencies)
Anna Hazare will sit on a day-long fast at Jantar Mantar to demand that the Parliament pass the Lokpal bill and a stronger whistle-blower protection programme under the Jan Lokpal Bill.
"We have been preparing for the last ten days. We have been sending out SMSes, distributing pamphlets and doing street plays in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region)," said an official of Team Anna."
We are focusing on the youth and street plays and interactive sessions are are being conducted in Delhi University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)," added the official.
Speaking about the preparations at the venue of the protest, the official said that the marquee would be put up on Saturday and all other arrangements including drinking water and sanitation will also be put in place.
"We have meetings daily to work out the details. Several teams have been formed to take care of the crowd, logistics, venue security etc.," said the official"
The bills will be settled from the money that we had collected in last year's agitation at Ramlila ground. However, we won't be accepting any donations this time," added the official.
Anna threatens a bigger Lokpal movement
Anna Hazare said his team will build public opinion against the government's "useless" Lokpal bill and threatened a bigger anti-corruption stir if his version of the bill is not introduced by the 2014 general elections.
On Friday, an all-party meeting was convened on the Jan Lokpal bill but no consensus could be reached. If the government does not bring the Jan Lokpal bill by the 2014 election, we will have to organize a big movement," said the anti-graft activist after the meeting.
Referring to the poll results of five states in which the Congress fared badly, Hazare said the Congress will have to face poor results in the 2014 general elections if the bill is not passed.
"We are not fighting against the government but for the better future of citizens of this country. People want the Lokpal bill and they are enthusiastic about it," he told reporters. "
The government said yes to our bill (Jan Lokpal) in the joint committee, standing committee and even in parliament, but reversed its decision suddenly," he added. Hazare said Team Anna will travel across the country and tell people that the government's version of the bill is "useless".
"Twenty-five people who fought against corruption were murdered. We have been stressing on protection of whistle-blowers through a law but the government is not ready to do it," he said.
New Delhi: Street plays, pamphlets to drum up support and a series of meetings to form teams of volunteers and take care of logistics -- Team Anna is working overtime to ensure that their Sunday protest at Jantar Mantar is a success.