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    Hazare asks PM not to mislead the nation

    New Delhi: Supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare are growing in number at Delhi's Jantar Mantar as his fast entered a second day on Wednesday.Hazare shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday telling him that he must act now to implement the Lokpal bill.Spontaneous protests on Wednesday stopped politicians trying to reach out to Anna Hazare. The message is clear - there is no place for politicians in a people's darbar against corruption.Anna Hazare who has been fasting for two days send out a curt message to the PM and the political parties – don’t mess around."Unhappy that instead of solving the issue of corruption, Government is more bothered about speculating on our movement. I have heard that people have said that I have been cornered into fasting. This is an insult to my intelligence and wisdom. I have exercised my restraint. We have eight versions of the Lokpal Bill. You (the Prime Minister) haven't passed the weak version. Please do not mislead the nation, by telling that we are not ready to talk," Hazare wrote in the letter."You have said that the Government has initiated certain processes. Some of the people drafting the legislation should have been in jail. Should I have faith in these processes? If you were in my place, would you still have faith in these processes?" he asked."I am not a child and please don't doubt my wisdom. I take suggestion from my colleague, but make my own decision. We were not getting any response from the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi. They did not send any reply to three of my letters, that's why I decide to go on fast-unto-death," he wrote.As Hazare's movement gains momentum, parties rush in. For the BJP, it’s a chance to strengthen its campaign before Assembly elections while for the congress it couldn’t have come at a worse time.Sensing the mood, the congress and the government moved in their crisis managers.Law Minister Veerappa Moily who is also reframing the Lokpal bill has promised to incorporate some suggestions. "Even on the demand for joint committee, we said we were open. We never closed our mind even on the formation of joint committee...In principle we did not say no," Moily said adding, that the Prime Minister was open to all suggestions on the bill.Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, sensing the public mood, supported Anna. The government which is snowed by scams is now careful not to take on Hazare, the people's face in the fight against corruption.But it’s Sharad Pawar who has been particularly singled out by Anna Hazare questioning his presence in the GOM on corruption - Hazare had demanded he step down. Pawar on Wednesday offered to do so.“I will be happy if you relieve me from all Group of Ministers(GoMs), including that GoM (on corruption),” he said.The BJP is on a bit of a backfoot after an aggressive speech by the prime minister in Parliament has bounced back on the strength of Hazare's fast.Government sources admit they are in a bit of a bind, that they underestimated the strength of Hazare's campign and though it would want the hunger strike to end soon, it doesn’t want to be on the wrong side of the political space either.The 72-year-old social activist, supported by eminent persons including Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal, has been demanding that the drafting committee for the Lokpal Bill to tackle corruption should include members of civil society. He started his fast-unto-death at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar on Tuesday to demand a stricter anti-corruption law that that is being proposed by the Government. Hazare's crusade is getting large support from many people in the country. Thousands of Hazare supporters have been demanding the implementation of an improved and tougher Jan Lokpal Bill.The Lokpal Bill has not been passed by the MPs even though it has been tabled in Parliament eight times since 1968.