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Swami Agnivesh Targets PM, Rahul

PTI 19 Aug 2011, 22:32:53 IST
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New Delhi, Aug 19: Activist Swami Agnivesh on Friday launched an attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accusing them of being silent and not listening to the voices of the people.

Addressing protestors as Anna Hazare launched his fast at Ramlila Maidan, he said, “Mr Manmohan Singh, the country wants you to break silence and open your mouth. You are being silent for the past three years. The Prime Minister is responsible for the actions of the cabinet.”

He alleged that the Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal was not ready to listen to the voices of the people of his constituency and so was Rahul  Gandhi.

“Kapil Sibal is not ready to listen to the voices of the people of his own constituency. 80 per cent of the people want Jan Lokpal Bill to be considered. Same is the case with Rahul Gandhi,” Swami Agnivesh said.

Claiming that 90 per cent of the people of their constituencies Chandni Chowk and Amethi were in support of Jan Lokpal Bill, he said, “They are not ready to even to listen to the voices of their own people. People want to know why?”

The Hazare team had earlier claimed that the referendums conducted by them in Amethi,  Gandhi's constituency, and Chandni Chowk, Sibal's seat, had shown that 90 per cent of the people was in favour of the civil society version of Lokpal Bill and had rejected the government version.

“The government should amend its Lokpal draft and include the things which Anna has been demanding,” he said. PTI