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Team Anna postpones its crucial meeting on Lokpal

December 31, 2011 - New Delhi

Former senior police officer and civil society activist Kiran Bedi on Saturday said the core meeting of the her team members, which was to be held at Anna Hazare's native village Ralegan Siddhi on January 2 and 3, has been postponed due to the ill health of the veteran social activist.

"We have received a message from Annaji that he is not keeping well and is not ready for a long meeting. We have received a message from his office that he does not want to hold the two-day meeting right now because he is not keeping well and needs some rest," Bedi told the media here.

"And he (Anna Hazare) has directed us to keep the work on in Delhi and as soon as he will get well, he will send us a message. This is the latest," she added, while emphasizing that Team Anna would continue to work towards the accomplishment of their goals.

Bedi further said the image of the country is tarnished across the world and it has come to limelight that India is the most corrupt nation.

"Our country's name is getting tarnished across the globe. Allegations are being levelled on us that we are the largest democracy; in addition we are also the most corrupt. We have been given 3.1 numbers by Transparency International, where other Scandinavian countries and New Zealand has been given 9.9 out of 10 and India has been given 3.1. We are not even at the third division," said Bedi.

"And we are not saying this, the world is saying so. This is the reason why people are not willing to invest in our country; they feel that if they will invest their money in India, somebody will cheat them," she added.

Team Anna, who has been mounting pressure on the Centre for the enactment of a strong and effective Lokpal Bill, was expected to meet Anna's village to chalk out its future strategy as the Rajya Sabha failed to pass the anti-graft bill.

Anna Hazare called off his three-day token fast for a strong Lokpal Bill in Mumbai on Wednesday, has threatened the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government that he would campaign against the latter in five poll-bound states for not brining a strong and an effective anti-graft bill.he Jan Lokpal bill drafted by the civil society members led by Hazare had envisaged the setting up of a national anti-corruption watchdog to check financial mismanagement and corrupt practices that have deeply pervaded several democratic and civic institutions of India.

The Lokpal Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday was taken up for a discussion and vote in Rajya Sabha. But after a marathon debate that stretched until midnight, the vote failed to take place.he Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die late night amid uproar created by several MPs, without voting on the bill.

The anti-graft legislation for which social activist Anna Hazare and his team have fomented a successful mass movement may now be taken up in the budget session of Parliament, probably in March.


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