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Sunday, July 31, 2011

LOK PAL BILL: Hazare’s next movement should be different, says Hegde!


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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 31, 2011.

A file picture of Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde, speaking to the press at Press Club in Bangalore on July 29, 2011. Photo K. Murali Kumar.
A file picture of Karnataka Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde, speaking to the press at Press Club in Bangalore on July 29, 2011. Photo K. Murali Kumar, The Hindu.

Observing that the public has been “taken for a ride” on Lokpal issue, Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde on Sunday said Anna Hazare’s next movement should be different from the one in April when he sat on a fast-unto-death.
Asked whether Hazare should start a movement again, Justice Hegde said that there should be another one but it should “somewhat different from what took place from April 5. We must go around the country to impress upon people the need to have a strong Lokpal.”
“They (people) have been taken for a ride. I don’t use the word cheated because it is different,” he said when asked if the people had been “cheated” on the Lokpal issue with the Cabinet approving a draft of the bill ignoring key demands of the civil society representatives.
Justice Hegde was also part of the Joint Drafting Committee on the Lokpal Bill as a representative of the civil society, which has been upset over the exclusion of the Prime Minister from the cabinet approved bill.

01) True, the modern day 'Fast' has become a farce and people have become skeptical about it, while the Government decided not to entertain anymore of them!

02) Besides, Indian Intelligentsia, Lawmakers & Political Parties believe that this is a cheap form of Blackmail!

03) The only way to forces the law makers, under the circumstances is to build a mass based movement for a Comprehensive Lok Pal Bill!

04) I, personally, believe that any version that goes to the Standing Committee would further undergo some definite changes, which might be passed in Parliament!

05) With that we could have Lok Pal in place, which has eluded us for over four decades and it would undergo further changes in due course!

06) That is better than not having a Lok Pal at all and talking about it!

07) After all, in our type of Parliamentary System, ultimately, it the Parliament's Collective Wisdom that decides on these issues!

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