Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Government nervous, conditions unconstitutional: Santosh Hegde

New Delhi, Aug 15: Santosh Hegde, the former Karnataka Lokayukta and a close aide of Gandhian Anna Hazare, today claimed that Government is feeling nervous ahead of the anti-corruption crusader's hunger strike and so is imposing "unconstitutional" conditions.

The statement came in the wake of Delhi police denying permission to Mr Hazare to hold his fast on Lokpal issue tomorrow after the organisers refused to give an undertaking regarding agreement on all the conditions laid down by the police including ending the protest on the third day and restricting the number of agitators to 5,000.

"Why is the Government scared of Anna? Police is following orders from higher ups. This denial is signal of nervousness in the Government," Mr Hegde said while talking to a national news channel.

He added that the conditions laid down by the police were "unconstitutional". Legal remedy is the only solution for Team Anna, he added.

In run up to his fast that was scheduled to be held at Jai Prakash Narain Park, the Gandhian caught administration in surprise by making an unscheduled visit to Rajghat. Along with hundreds of his supporters, he prayed in front of the memorial of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi for more than two hours.

As the crowds poured in at the spot, Delhi police also had to reach there to keep a check on the security conditions.

Sources said Mr Hazare visited Rajghat to pray for peace and gather strength ahead of his fast tomorrow.

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