23 june 2011
Anna will get lathi treatment: Cong
Digvijay warns Anna Hazare of Ramdev-like treatment if he fasts again; ready for it, says crusader
New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday minced no words in slamming the government for not being serious in tackling corruption. The anti-corruption crusader termed the government’s draft of the bill a ‘big hoax’ and vowed to go on an indefinite fast from August 16.
That elicited a fast retort from Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, who warned Anna that he too would meet the same fate yoga guru Baba Ramdev met if he went ahead with the fast. “Anna saheb says he will fast again. If he does, he may get the same treatment as the other (Ramdev) got recently,” he said. The police had cracked down on Ramdev and his supporters when the yoga guru went on a hunger strike in Delhi earlier this month.
Hazare remained unfazed. “We are ready to face lathis and bullets. We are also ready to go to jail… we can fast in jail,” Anna told a press conference. He alleged the government had gone back on several issues they had agreed to during the Lokpal drafting meetings.