New Delhi: As Anna Hazare's fast entered the 10th day on Thursday, his team accused ‘some strong elements’ in the government of nullifying the entire dialogue process and said they have become victims of Congress’ ‘internal politics’.

Stating that they were ready to hold talks in an ‘honest and sincere manner’, Team Anna alleged that Home Minister P Chidambaram and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal were taking a strong stand forcing the government not to enter into a compromise with them on the Lokpal Bill.

“It appears that there are some strong elements in the government who want to nullify the entire dialogue process... We were told that in CCPA, especially Chidambaram and Sibal, were completely opposed to any kind of agreement or any kind of dialogue," activist Arvind Kejriwal told reporters here.

"We are becoming victims of Congress' internal politics. Day before yesterday, the talks were positive, but in the CCPA meeting, Salman Khurshid told us that there was a lot of fighting. Chidambaram and Sibal said there should be no dialogue with us and we should be tackled with a tough hand," he alleged.

The accusation came after late night talks between two sides ended in a deadlock with both sides failing to resolve the key issues, prompting the civil society to declare that they were "back to square one".

Kejriwal said if the CCPA and government can "ignore" the views of a senior leader like Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the chief government negotiator, then the question is that whom should they talk to?

"We will talk to the government," another Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan said. Activist Kiran Bedi asked, "Whom should we talk to? Who is in control? We can talk only if there is somebody who is capable of making decisions. Who will take the decisions? Today in this country, who do we speak to?"

Law Minister Salman Khurshid said government was willing to talk. "The government is willing to talk. We have opened the path. If they want to talk, they can talk," Khurshid.

Reacting to Bedi's comments, he said, "We were talking to them. If they have doubts, find somebody else."

After examining Hazare this morning, Dr Naresh Trehan said it was a matter of concern that the Gandhian was fasting for the past 10 days.

"There is stability in his blood pressure and heart beat. He is taking rest. His ketone levels had come down. It is a matter of concern that for the past 10 days, he is fasting and he has not eaten anything," Trehan said.

The Core Committee of Team Anna also met here this morning to finalise the next course of action.

The virtual breakdown in talks last night led to sparring between the two sides with Hazare apprehending that he would be forcibly arrested and removed from the fast site and gave a call for 'Chalo Delhi' and gherao of Parliament and MPs.

Government's chief negotiator Mukherjee sought to reject claims of team Anna representatives, saying they were "distorting" facts on discussions.

Upset at the lack of progress, Hazare's three representatives -- Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kiran Bedi -- said that after another round of talks with government interlocutors headed by Mukherjee difference between government's attitude yesterday and today was marked like "day and night".

Bedi said, "Yesterday, the sense of urgency to break Anna's fast in government talks was totally missing as compared to the evening earlier."

She claimed that internal politics was coming in the way of talks. "Same persons who designed government Lokpal Bill are reportedly behind it. No one to rein them?"

Bedi said corrupt politicians will sabotage Jan Lokpal bill. "They see it as a graveyard. For, we the people, it (Jan Lokpal Bill) is a ray of hope."

 

Day 10: Support for Anna Hazare grows  

With Anna Hazare's fast entering tenth day on Thursday, thousands of his supporters organised mass prayers for the well being of the Gandhian leader even as doctors said they were concerned about the Gandhian's health.

"We have examined him this morning. There is stability in blood pressure and heart beat. He has taken rest. He had six litres of water and the ketone levels have come down," Dr Naresh Trehan told reporters here.

Trehan said it was a "matter of concern" that for the past 10 days, Hazare was on fast and that he has not eaten anything.

"This will have an effect on his body...Till now, he has already managed for 10 days and he is stable. We are monitoring his health round-the-clock," he said, adding that doctors were checking his condition every two hours.

A large number of Anna supporters stayed at the Ramlila ground whole Wednesday night singing patriotic songs and chanting anti government slogans.
    
Apart from them, people belonging to different region and religion continues to pour in to show their solidarity for the 73-year-old Gandhian, who has been fasting since August 16, demanding passing of Janlokpal Bill in the Parliament.
    
The huge ground, which has a mosque and temple inside, was abuzz with activities as protesters were seen making anti-graft posters and pasting them on walls.
    
"I have been staying here for past five days, I only go to mosque to offer namaz and come back to join Anna's movement," said Asfaq, a businessman.
    
A number of young volunteers were involved in assisting people in getting medical help and food.

"It is a mini 'Kumbh' for us, I have never seen such a great public support for any leader, Anna will surely help in uprooting corruption from the country," said Rakesh Singh, who had come from Allahabad to participate in the campaign.
    
During the day scores of people gather around media persons or tv cameras covering the protest round-the-clock.

"I do not know why government is opposing Anna. He is asking for an anti-corruption bill for the benefit for the masses," said R K Vij, an event manager.
    
Organisers here have made sufficient arrangements for food at 'anna ki rasoi' and water among other things for visitors and protesters.
    
People also complained about inconvenience being faced by them in reaching the venue.
    
"The wrong sign boards at New Delhi metro station are confusing people. If you follow them it will take you away from Ramlila ground," said Mrityunjay, a Faridabad resident.
    
"I had to walk at least one kilometre to reach Ramlila ground, I could not get any auto as all of them have been removed from here due to the ongoing agitation," said 65-year-old Janaki Devi.

(JPN/Agencies)