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Anna's fast should be allowed: Nitish Kumar

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Updated: August 13, 2011, 6:19 PM IST
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Anna's fast should be allowed: Nitish Kumar
The Bihar Chief Minister said everybody had the constitutional and democratic right to hold agitation.

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday lent full support to Anna Hazare's movement against corruption asserting that everybody had the constitutional and democratic right to hold agitation for a cause and so Hazare's fast be allowed.

"Everybody holds constitutional and democratic right to agitate against a cause and under the given condition, Hazare's fast is justified and should be allowed," Kumar told reporters while reacting to Delhi police granting permission to the right activist to observe fast "just for three days."

He said in a democratic set-up, it was the fundamental right to oppose "in a peaceful and non-violent way" as "we are a democratic society and live under constitutional arrangement in which everybody has the right to protest democratically."

"At this point of time, it is not not justified to prevent Anna Hazare ji from holding the fast at a particular place and at particular time," he said.

"It is beyond my comprehension why condition is being set asking Hazare to hold fast just for three days... it means that they are afraid and scared of people," Kumar said.

Kumar said the action of police not to allow Hazare and team to hold indefinite fast on the issue was "violative of the democratic and constitutional traditions."

Recalling that the Congress had invoked emergency at a point of time "and we have already faced the wrath of it," Kumar said, "it will remind us of the days of emergency if Hazare's plan to sit on fast is stalled in any way."

"I will ask the Centre to allow Anna to hold fast and also find out a solution to the root question," the Bihar Chief Minister said.

First Published: August 13, 2011, 6:19 PM IST
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