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AAP will take Congress’ help: Prashant Bhushan

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Prashant Bhushan. Photo: V. Sudershan
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Prashant Bhushan. Photo: V. Sudershan

UPA passed Lokpal bill with an eye on the general elections

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to form government in Delhi with the support of the Congress.

Speaking at a round-table conference on electoral reforms here on Sunday, AAP leader Prashant Bhushan said, “We will form a government in Delhi with the support of the Congress.”

He said 70 per cent of the respondents in a referendum had supported the formation of government headed by AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. “We had sought feedback from the people of Delhi regarding their views on formation of a government and a majority of the people have suggested that the AAP form the government,” he said.

Noting that the country’s representative democracy supported crony capitalists, he said, “We cannot trust the Congress” but “we will form the government with the outside support of the Congress.” Moreover, there was no internal democracy in the Congress. All decisions were taken by the party high command, said Mr. Bhushan.

The UPA government passed the Lokpal bill to gain political advantage in the next general elections. “But I don’t think that the Congress will have any benefit by passing the Lokpal bill at the fag end of the UPA term.”

The AAP demanded the UPA government to pass the Jan Lokpal bill but it had passed a weaker version for the benefit of politicians of all political parties. “If the Jan Lokpal had been passed, nearly 50 per cent of the Ministers in the UPA government will land in jail,” he said.

In a true representative democracy, ward sabhas in urban areas and gram panchyats in rural areas need to be empowered to take all decisions. “Only people will decide on what to spend and how much to spend, what laws are required and how they should be implemented,” he said.

The former Chief Justice of India, M.N. Venkatachalaiah, inaugurated the round-table meet and said there was no internal democracy in political parties in the country.

All the parties are either run by family members or a few influential people at the top, he said.

Legislative Council Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy, former Assembly Speaker Krishna and others attended the meet. The Jana Sangrama Parishat and the Press Club of Bangalore organised the programme.

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when the people get good education & start thinking then india will see
a tremendous amount of change in voting pattern.

from:  subbarayan
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 15:01 IST

Post independence,Indian National Congress party has grown like a
monster so that it can absorb any political party with its power of
money, mass, media and secular card. When once people get literacy,
congress will cease to exist fulfilling Gandhji's wish.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 12:37 IST

Delhi Janta is commendable. They have reconsidered their view through direct refrendumd by AAP. Now BJP should change their stand that they have a mandate. Now if BJP or congress becomes the cause of re-election or letting down AAP they will be punished by DELHI voters.
Now if some one asks 'AAP Humare Hain Kaun' the reply is DELLI SARKAR ke HAQDAAR. This film is coming on the Political Theater
any moment. Kejriwal Should not feel alone he is glitering star
on the dark political sky of nation. People will follow HONEST, JUST AND STRONG LEADER. Make your national agenda with Brave & Honest Soldiers to challenge corruption, Firqa Parasti, Communal forces and give lesson to trators and bad neighbours of our nation.
Looking forword to see you on the top of Indian Politics.

from:  Akhtar Ali
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 11:26 IST

There is no internal democracy in political parties in the country. UNtil then we cannot claim India to be a democratic country in true sense.

from:  nd chandruka
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 05:17 IST

It wouldnt be surprising if Mr Prashant Bhushan follows in the footsteps of Shri Arun Jaitley, Shri Kapil Sibal, Shri Chidambaram - all lawyers who have used their respective political parties to carve out an area of influence within their political parties and become minsters later on. His father Shanthi Bhushan is a lawyer who later became Union Law Minister in the Morarji Desai Cabinet - 1977.

from:  Dwarakanath Srinivasan
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 00:34 IST
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