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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Trust And Talks Will Break The Ice

PTI 19 Aug 2011, 13:24:46 IST

Banglore, Aug 19 : Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar said there should be trust and understanding between the government and people demanding Anna Hazare's version of the Jan Lokpal bill, reports Times of India.

"We have to have trust in each other," he told reporters gathered at Freedom Park on Thursday evening.

"Both sides are trying to resolve the matter. No one is adamant. Talks between the two can solve the issue," he said. Sri Sri added that the matter may be resolved in a week's time. Anna Hazare is a very amicable and understanding person and I'm sure the issues will be resolved," he added.

He addressed a lively crowd that filled the air with slogans of 'Vande Mataram', and said he had met Anna Hazare at Tihar jail earlier in the day, and that his health condition was alright. "Anna will go to Ramlila Maidan tomorrow. The government should decide on the matter in two to three days and not let it prolong," he said.

"When an MP gets 11% votes, almost 80% have voted against him. Then why should we listen to him? Anna has already said the government is the 'sevak' and the public is the 'malik'. The bureaucracy has to shelve its arrogance and let the public's voice reach out. There are so many able and dedicated persons to advise the government. But who is on the advisory council?" he said.

Sri Sri suggested that people like Santosh Hegde, Medha Patkar, Justice Venkatachalaiah and Kiran Bedi be appointed to advise the government on various issues.