Sharad Pawar quits GoM on corruption

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has quit the Group of Ministers (GoM) on corruption stung by Anna Hazare questioning his credentials, as the anti- graft crusader told PM Manmohan Singh he was not being "instigated" to go an indefinite fast. 72-year-old Hazare's fast-unto-death entered the third day in New Delhi even as a large number of people from various walks of life continued to extend support to the crusader for a stronger anti-corruption law.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Wednesday discussed with some Cabinet colleagues the issue after which indications emerged that one or two ministers could be nominated to talk to the activist. The general sense at the informal confabulations was that there was a need to defuse the situation that had arisen due to the fast-unto-death campaign launched on Tuesday which is getting support from the increasing number of people. Asked if Hazare has been contacted by any one from the government, an aide of the activist said, "As of now we have not received any intimation from the government, we have read reports in this regard in the media only". The aide said, "The fast was still on. Hazare is in perfect health".