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Lokpal Bill back as AAP rocks Delhi, Anna begins stir

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New Delhi: The spectacular debut of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi polls and his one-time mentor Anna Hazare’s fast 1,300 km away in Ralegan Siddhi prompted the government to pull out the Lokpal Bill from cold storage on Tuesday.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the Rajya Sabha was requested to “immediately” take up the bill that seeks to create ombudsmen to probe and prosecute corrupt government functionaries.

“Our intentions are clear,” he said, within hours of social activist Hazare beginning an indefinite hunger strike at his village in Maharashtra. (Agencies

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