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Gargi Parsai, The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 1, 2011.
Civil society activist Anna Hazare addresses the media in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: Ramesh Sharma.
With 85 per cent people in a single parliamentary constituency supporting the Jan Lokpal Bill as opposed to the government's Lokpal Bill, social activist Anna Hazare on Monday termed as “unfortunate” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's justification for keeping his office out of its purview.
Questioning the government's intention, he called upon the Opposition parties to fight for a strong Lokpal Bill. “In a democracy both the government and the Opposition are important. But when the ruling alliance becomes weak, the Opposition parties must stand up and fight.”
Addressing a press conference here, he said he and the people had believed that the country had a Prime Minister who was honest and non-corrupt, “but after his recent statement, we wonder whether an honest person is being dishonest.” Dr. Singh had recently said that it was “not advisable” to bring the office of the Prime Minister under the ambit of the Lokpal Bill.
Even as the government is all set to introduce the Cabinet-approved Lokpal Bill in Parliament this week, he said, “Our fight is not against Parliament. It is against the government…I had written a letter to the Prime Minister on July 18 but he has not replied.”
Standing firm on his resolve to go on an indefinite fast from August 16 to demand a Bill that was “structurally strong,” he said he was not insisting on undertaking a fast at Jantar Mantar because the issue, for him, was more important than the venue.
01) By now analysts of all Political Parties must have done their study of each version of the bill and also must have made up their mind on their stand on each of the points;
02) As for referendum on such a delicate subject, people not knowing what they are voting for and with many more such criticisms has lost its sheen;
03) As and when the bill is introduced in Parliament, the MPs would decide on their stand based on their individual party's stand.
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