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Indian official says protest fast is bad precedent
Rahul Gandhi criticizes Indian reformist's hunger strike as dangerous precedent
By The Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) ' Top Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi has praised a fasting protester for galvanizing the fight against corruption but says his effort to force Parliament to adopt his proposed reform bill sets a dangerous precedent.

Gandhi's comments Friday were his first on the crisis since Anna Hazare began his hunger strike 10 days ago. Gandhi has been heralded as a future prime minister of the country.

Hazare has called for Parliament to pass a tough law creating a government watchdog to root out corruption.

Gandhi said the issue was more complex and proposed a wide-ranging set of reform bills including government funding of elections and transparency in government contracts.

He also criticized Hazare's fast as "a dangerous precedent for a democracy."

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