A fresh standoff appeared to be brewing between Anna Hazare and government on Saturday with the Gandhian seeking Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs intervention over the strict conditions imposed for his indefinite fast from
August 16 but was sternly told by him to approach the Delhi police, reports PTI. In a late night response to Hazare who rejected Delhi police conditions to limit his protest to three days and 5,000 people, Singh told the social activist that his grievances needed to be alt39alt39alt39alt39addressed by the statutory authorities who have taken the decision.alt39alt39alt39alt39alt39My office does not in any way get involved in the decision- making process,alt39the Prime Minister said.
Singh said alt39alt39alt39alt39the terms and conditions on which you are entitled to carry on with your protest are decided by the statutory authorities concerned taking into account the prevailing circumstances and other relevant factors.alt39The Prime Minister went on to add alt39alt39alt39alt39we are all committed to the Constitution of India and to uphold it in both letter and spirit.alt39Hazare accused the government of alt39alt39alt39alt39deceitalt39by putting conditions on his agitation and sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to alt39alt39alt39alt39show couragealt39and protect his fundamental rights.
Addressing a press conference after Delhi Police sent a letter carrying 22 conditions, he made it clear that he was ready for any eventuality in case government decides to crackdown to disrupt his protest, saying he would not mind going jail or beaten up by police.
alt39alt39alt39alt39Fast will take place in Jai Prakash Narain Park. We will continue with the protest beyond three days… the government is scared that its corruption will be exposed,alt39said Hazare on Saturday whose fast in April forced the government to come out with a Lokpal Bill with which he is not satisfied.
The government has introduced Lokpal Bill in Lok Sabha which has been referred to Standing Committee of Parliament and is expected to be taken up in the Winter Session.
My office does not in any way get involved in the decisionmaking process.alt39MANMOHAN SINGH Y our Government is trying to crush those who raise their voice against corruption.alt39ANNA HAZARE
The legislation excludes Prime Minister, higher judiciary and conduct of MPs inside Parliament but Hazare wants the bill to cover them besides the entire bureaucracy.
Lawyer Shanti Bhushan said they agree with almost all the conditions laid by Delhi Police for the protest but would not give an undertaking that the protest will end by the third day and the number of protesters will not go beyond 5,000. termning it alt39alt39alt39alt39unconstitutional.alt39In his letter to Singh, Hazare said, the governments attitude gave a hint of alt39alt39alt39alt39dictatorshipalt39as those raising voice against it are being alt39alt39alt39alt39crushedalt39particularly under his government.
alt39alt39alt39alt39Your Government is trying to crush those who raise their voice against corruption. This is happening more often in your Government,alt39Hazare said.
Seeking Singhs intervention, he wrote, alt39alt39alt39alt39you are 79- years- old and are holding the nations top position. You have got everything from life. What else do you want from life. Show courage and take some concrete steps.alt39Noting that it was the duty of the Prime Minister to protect the Constitution and democracy, Hazare expressed hope that Singh would alt39alt39alt39alt39understand the gravity of the situation and would do something quickly.alt39He told Singh that he and his associates were determined to undertake the fast from August 16 and sacrifice their lives. alt39alt39alt39alt39If the head of democracy is unable to provide a proper place for the fast, then we will court arrest and undertake the fast in jail,alt39he said. When asked what will be their response if government disrupts the protest, Hazare said,