New Delhi: Breaking his vow of silence after 19 days at Rajghat, Anna Hazare accused the government of trying to weaken the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Addressing the media at Maharashtra Sdan, Delhi,the crusader of anti-corruption said that by bringing two separate bills for citizen charter and to protect whistle blowers government is trying to shake the foundation of Jan Lokpal bill.

Laying stress to fight till Jan Lokpal Bill is passed, Anna said that he will fast if needed. He demanded the government to pass the Lokpal Bill in the winter session of Parliament following the Uttarakhand model.

He declared to campaign against Congress in five states where Assembly elections are due next year if the UPA government fails to get the Jan Lokpal Bill passed in the Winter Session of Parliament.

"I will ask people what is the benefit of re-electing Congressmen. Let them say whatever they want. I will go and ask them not to vote for Congress (if the Bill is not passed)," Hazare told reporters.

The 74-year-old activist said he had earlier decided not to take the names of any party in the coming Assembly elections.

"Seeing that the government was taking the issue lightly and cutting the Jan Lokpal into several pieces making it weak", he said, he decided to change his stand and campaign against Congress.

"We will go to the five poll-bound states after the Winter Session if the bill is not passed. During election time, I myself will tour these states and tell people the intention of the government was not right," he said.

Hazare, who questioned the "intentions" of the government in getting the Bill passed, alleged that the UPA was trying to weaken the proposed law by "cutting it into several pieces" as he found fault with separate public grievances redressal and whistle-blowers bills.

But, he said, he will not campaign for BJP as there is no difference between the two.

He said the Centre should follow the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill but what he was seeing was just the opposite. He would felicitate state Chief Minister B C Khanduri at a public function.

Anna breaks vow of silence at Rajghat

Anna Hazare on Friday broke his 'vow of silence' for the past 19 days after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat here.

74-year-old Hazare visited Gandhi's memorial at around 7 am and broke his 'maun vrat', observed since Oct 16, saying 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' aloud.

Hazare had reached Delhi last night to attend a meeting of the Standing Committee on Lokpal Bill. He had begun his 'maun vrat' at his native village in Maharashtra for 'atma shanti' (peace of soul).

Team Anna had got engulfed in a series of controversies including financial misconduct, during Hazare's 19-day 'maun vrat'.

He had last week held a meeting with prominent members in Ralegan Siddhi during which it was decided that the anti-corruption movement will have a constitution and its core members will have to adhere to certain norms.

Hazare had threatened to launch another hunger strike if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in Parliament's Winter Session.

(JPN/Agencies)