'Surprised' Arvind Kejriwal asks, 'how can Anna Hazare accept sarkari Lokpal Bill'

Written by PTI | Ralegan Siddhi | Updated: Dec 15 2013, 22:35pm hrs
Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare's indefinite hunger strike here for passage in Parliament of Jan Lokpal Bill entered sixth day today, but his comments in support of the UPA govt's bill has Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal fuming.

While Anna Hazare has appreciated the amended draft Lokpal bill presented in the Rajya Sabha, his one-time protege Arvind Kejriwal has dismissed it as "jokepal".

"I accept it completely. If this bill is passed, I will end my fast. The bill will help the poor people of this country," Hazare had said yesterday.

Arvind Kejriwal tweeted his opposition, "I'm really surprised. How can Anna accept sarkari Lokpal Bill Sarkari Lokpal is a jokepal. Who is misguiding him Whatever he may say, we will continue our fight for Jan Lokpal Bill till our last breath," he said.

"Anna Hazare has lost four kg since the fast began," his aide Suresh Pathare said.

Former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil today met Hazare and expressed his solidarity.

"I came to meet Hazare in my personal capacity. I request all parties to support his agitation and ensure the bill is passed in the Parliament," Vikhe-Patil said.