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BJP rejects Anna's demand on Jan Lokpal Bill

Neena Vyas
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Nitin Gadkari addressing a meeting in New Delhi recently.
Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
Nitin Gadkari addressing a meeting in New Delhi recently. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Citizens have a right to protest but last word on any Bill is that of Parliament

The Bharatiya Janata Party is fully supporting the Anna Hazare team on its right to protest peacefully, but has categorically rejected its main demand that the team's Jan Lokpal Bill be introduced in Parliament rather than the government's Lokpal Bill.

Simultaneously, the BJP launched its own agitations country-wide to make the most of the interest generated in Mr. Hazare's campaign.

Mr. Jaitley said “dissent was the essence of democracy” and the BJP was supporting Mr. Hazare on this limited point. But, “the last word on any Bill is that of Parliament [not civil society]. However, citizens have a right to protest” and express their different views.

A similar stand was taken by BJP president Nitin Gadkari who, at a separate news conference, categorically stated that he did not agree with Team Anna on its demand that their Jan Lokpal Bill should have been presented to Parliament by the government rather than the Cabinet-approved Bill.

“It is the constitutional right of the ruling party to place its Bill before Parliament and then it is the right of all political parties to give their views and for Parliament to pass the bill,” Mr. Gadkari said.

Earlier, BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Mr. Jaitley did not reply when asked why the BJP's Kalyan Singh government in Uttar Pradesh refused permission to the former Prime Minister, V.P. Singh, to go to Ayodhya to protest against the BJP's ‘mandir wahin banayenge' (we will build the ram temple at the disputed site) plank. On October 29, 1991, V.P. Singh was arrested at Ram Snehi Ghat and prevented from reaching Ayodhya to protest against acquisition of land near the disputed site by the Kalyan Singh government and the flattening of some temples by Vishwa Hindu Parishad bulldozers.

Mr. Gadkari announced a series of agitations and protest marches that would be organised by his party at various places “beginning today [Tuesday].” The party slogan adopted is: “Loktantra bachao, bhrashtachar hatao” (Save democracy, end corruption). He compared the situation to the Emergency of 1975 when “democratic rights were trampled upon” by the Indira Gandhi government.

Party sources disclosed that the BJP would now make an attempt to ride the wave of public anger against corruption and prevent Mr. Hazare and his team from “hijacking” the plank from the main Opposition party.

BJP has lost its capacity to prioritize interal authority, the one member who can actual clarify and guide with stability has been reduced to extinguishing flame. His efforts are no longer towards his parties growth, but towards his own political presence, which has taken a toll under BJP's internal and external chaos.

from:  Anju Verma
Posted on: Sep 13, 2011 at 11:25 IST

It is all clear none of the current politician favor this anti-corruption bill as they got into politics because there is corruption. It is time for ANNA to form a new National Party.

from:  Reeth
Posted on: Aug 25, 2011 at 13:27 IST

Parliament is elected by the civil society, So it is supposed to do what the civil society(Majority) thinks right and not what political party thinks

from:  Santosh Kumar
Posted on: Aug 23, 2011 at 21:12 IST

If BJP would have been in power it would have done same, what congress is doing now, and congress would have played the role what BJP is doing now. It is why India is facing problem of Naxalism. If elected representative do not act according to wish of people they lose their so called right of parliamentary superemacy, which is given given to them by people .If movement launched by Anna Hazare does not become success then people may lose faith in Democracy

from:  Vivek Rana
Posted on: Aug 22, 2011 at 13:38 IST

Assuming that Jan Lokpal Bill is accepted for discussion in the parliament, would not the politicians sitting there ensure that the bill is defeated. So, what next??

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Aug 21, 2011 at 19:18 IST

It is a known fact..nothing new..No politicians are serious about rooting out corruption. BJP is not different..They talk about congress and its corruption not to remove corruption but encash it for next elections in 2014.If Jan Lokpal Bill is supported and passed in parliament now, how they will enjoy when they come to power in next elections. It is waste to expect any support from the politicians.we may expect some from present PM but not sure wether he will be able to convince the other parliamentarians or not. Even if the Jan Lokpal Bill introduced in the House , getting support and passing is a remote chance, they will spend entire session with fault findings in the Jan Lokpal better support Anna Hazare and Raise Voice Jointly for Anti corruption..

from:  Nagarik Rao
Posted on: Aug 21, 2011 at 06:55 IST

None of the political parties will ever favour any thing against corruption. 99% of political leaders and government people are corrupt in this country. Including public everyone wants to become a billionaire overnight without analyzing their abilities. The last hope of justice is expected from judiciary and, in a country where the judiciary becomes corrupt then where from your hopes can be fulfilled. In every sphere of life majority of us are most selfish. The corruption is in our blood now. Why? The answer is that we love the wealth to the extent that we worship it. These very youths today protesting with ANNA HAZARE against corruption will not hesitate to give or take bribes for their benefits in their coming life. Such agitations have become a fad now.

from:  DR. J.I.S.
Posted on: Aug 21, 2011 at 01:11 IST

What is happenning in India is people participating directly in making law. It is called direct democracy. Democracy is by the people for the people and of the people. But in India it had become by the politicians for the politicians and of the politicians. With the Ann's movement India has become truly democratic country. As Indians we can be proud of ourselves. My friendsin Japan who were hesitating to invest in India when they heard about Mr. Hazare's campaign said they like to invest in India.

from:  Philip mathew
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 18:53 IST

Most of potlical leaders are corrupted. for example If any purchase a matchbox has to pay tax indirectly to the govt and the same amount collectively is submitted by the producer to the govt in form of tax and govt put the same amount in any plannings. After some time the govt leader or burecarat make scam and runs away. This show that the every indian is paying the tax and representative of the govt makes the fun . we have to stand and fight against corruption

from:  Pawan
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 17:45 IST

BJP & CONGRESS are on same platform, as far as corruption is concerned. We know that 100% mp are not corrupt. I request them to come forward & support JANLOKPAL BILL.

from:  Uday Kumar Johri
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011 at 15:17 IST

I don't think there is anything wrong in asking for bill to be presented in parliament. we are still not asking this to be enacted as law, but only asking these points to be discussed. Why is even the bill not being considered for discussion? a. Is it a question of ego that the bill is drafted by civil society and not politicians. b. Is the bill not in a form that can be presented or is that that no politician supports it. If the only reason for objection is that it is drafted by civil society, then there is a grave danger. It appears that the democracy in this case has been converted 5 year monarchy. The party/leader who is elected can do what they please and ignore the people who elected them. If there bill has drawbacks, it is reasonable to object. But people want to know if there is not a single thing in the lokpal bill that is worthy of being accepted. It'll make better sense if "Debates" on specific objections to the bill are discussed instead of simply rejecting it outright.

from:  Srikanth Krishnamachary
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 13:16 IST

BJP or Congress, they are not interested in the welfare of the people. All they care about is themselves. Its high time we help in forming a government with people who are really involved in helping the people of India. To be more precise, they should be educated, part of a social service community for 5 years min, and should not have committed or involved in any crime that comes under corruption, robbery or murder. Its high time we change the world and heal the people around us. And this is the right time.

from:  Muthuselvan
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 13:13 IST

no matter which party rules as both BJP & CONGRESS are not in a favour of 'janlokpal bill'!! On one hand the BJP are interested to gain as much as from the issue , the other hand cogress is in effort of covering the ass of their beloved politicians!What a shameless condition of the democracy has been become!?

from:  Bhoomi Modi
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 09:58 IST

Whom will criminal MPs protect? Themselves. Laws enacted by them will protect whom? Only the politicians. Will all the politicians join together to enact laws that will protect their interests at the cost of people's interests? Yes, they will. Will all the MPs unanimously enact a law where by they can create an MP fund that they can spend unaccounted by any one? They did. Will all the MPS vote unanimously to increase the salaries for MPs. They did. Will all the MPs enact a law that will increase the minimum wage of every labour to be equal to MP's salary. NO. THEY WON'T! People, what are we waiting for? Join with Anna. Make the revolution. Call for the dissolution of the parliament. Dissolution of the constitution of India. Let people all join by mobile phone and say “yes” or “No” to each article of constitution and thus let us all approve or disapprove it by a majority. Majority of the people not by majority of the MPs. Who are the MPs to make decisions for us when we can?

from:  Dr. Anukanth
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 08:16 IST

Bring lokpal bill which should align CBI and CVC and put citizen charter in place so that aam admi like us would reap the benefit by not giving bribe as at present we are forced to do so.

from:  sabyasachi samal
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 07:46 IST

All political parties are same.If BJP has the political willingness to check corruption it might have passed the law when they were was in power.They talked much but do not try to bring transparency.Even recent scams in karnataka has exposed the saffron party.RSS and others are just trying to use the opportunity to gain mileage for themselves. Decriminalization can only be one solution.Congress along with these parties have created farce.I think left has liberal view.Just try them at last and see if all are same or not.

from:  sabyasachi samal
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 07:42 IST

This just proves what has been known for very long: that the Congress and BJP are A and B teams of each other when it comes to corruption and governance. Or as we say in Maharashtra: the aandu-paandu of indian politics.

from:  Roy Skaria
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 20:06 IST

BJP and other political parties are trying to make the most out of the current situation...they are pretending to be like saints....they have a serious problem. They think they can convince the public tht they r not corrupt!!! Out of a large group of politicians from all parties, i hope we can get atleast a handful of those who r not corrupt..

from:  nish
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 14:41 IST

It is true that the Parliament has the right to make laws required for a good governance and make lives of people better. But it is also true that it the same Parliament where the same law is lingering on for the last 43 years, without being passed. The elected representatives should echo the sentiments of the people who have sent them inside the house, but unfortunately, they have miserably failed in their pious duty towards the 'will of the people'. And when the elected representatives fail in their commitment and duty, someone had to take the lead and come forward to set the things right and that is what Team Anna is doing presently. No doubt, they are not elected representatives, but they really reflect the will of the masses. Our present day politicians have reduced the noble profession of politics to a lucrative business and they are simply not moved unless they find it some profit to them or their parties. Cancerous words like corruption & black money sound hollow to them.

from:  RD Bhardwaj
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 11:26 IST

How can a corrupt party support anti-corruption laws. It's an irony, Gadkari is talking about this. They should clear the mess they have in Karnataka, and voluntarily send yeddyurappa to jail with his clan including Reddy brothers.

from:  anti corruption
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 08:25 IST

Well said BJP. What can u expect of a national party which is also involved in corruption,scams and doesn't want the Jan lok pal bill which is stronger and has more tooth. Shame on all the parliamentarians irrespective of the party who are not supporting the Jan lok pal bill.

from:  shimoga prakash
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 03:46 IST

The Parliament as a whole including opposition should decide on a Lokpal Bill that is practical and does not infringe democratic rights. I find Anna Hazare's fast unto death and all the commotion that is accompanied with it, not in the national interest. Anna and others have pointed to the very grave problem of corruption that the country is facing. But the solution is not chaos. The people who are agitating should also realize the economic consequences of their actions. They should voice their opinions peacefully but let parliament work out a solution. The government on its part should consider the amendments of the opposition and discuss them thoroughly to come to a Lokpal that is acceptable to all Indians.

from:  Brijesh Sharma
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 03:45 IST

I will like to warn the BJP leadership - do not put your foot into your mouth - otherwise you will also be crushed under the weight of the common man's anger.

from:  Arjun Singh
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 03:38 IST

Anna hazare true gandhian leader, But Congress Govt now act like British govt ruled India before 1947. Mr. Manmohan singh only standing PM all decision led by Sonia Gandhi. BJP is also doing same thing with a better example of Karnataka Govt. Congress Govt. Every thing doing wrong by increasing Fuel price, cooking Gas, Home loans which will really affect poor and middle class family. Why not govt increase Provident Fund Interest Rate.

from:  Babula Sahu
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 00:32 IST

I thought People are the ultimate power in democratic country. But politicians says it is parliament. which is correct?

from:  Jobin Augustine
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 00:30 IST

One man initiated this fight. He deserves more. It was he who said Dr. Manmohan Singh was the weakest PM ever. He can bring the much needed change in Indian democracy. I hope you will be the next PM Advaniji.

from:  srikanth
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 00:05 IST

How can the BJP support the Jan Lokpal Bill? There own cupboards are full of skeletons. Satyendra Dubey, Amit Jethwa and Shehla Masood have lost their lives for raising their voice against corruption in BJP reign. They can't insist on Modi to have a Lokayukta. The present state of politics and politicians is a result of years of corruption. Jan Lokpal Bill will be just a start to turn the clock back.

from:  Vikas
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 22:07 IST

"BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Mr. Jaitley did not reply when asked why the BJP's Kalyan Singh government in Uttar Pradesh refused permission to the former Prime Minister, V.P. Singh, to go to Ayodhya to protest against the BJP's 'mandir wahin banayenge' (we will build the ram temple at the disputed site) plank. On October 29, 1991, V.P. Singh was arrested at Ram Snehi Ghat and prevented from reaching Ayodhya to protest against acquisition of land near the disputed site by the Kalyan Singh government and the flattening of some temples by Vishwa Hindu Parishad bulldozers." Dishonesty and hypocrisy are the hallmarks of the political character of this 'party with a difference'; having failed miserably in its earlier attempt to hijack the anti-corruption movement led by the secular and non partisan Anna Team with its agents like the much-discredited Ramdev it now tries to put up a brave face as if it is part of the Anna Team.

from:  a v samikkannu
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 20:56 IST

just think wisely and patiently is this is so easy to make a rule in a short time and implement it in a short time just give some time to govt and if the govt did not make it then the public will do protest against the govt.

from:  bhartiya
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 19:25 IST

The logic is simple here, no one like to blind themselves with their own fingers, as the return on investment in politics higher than any other field, corruption being the core value.....,so no political party directly or indirectly support the Anna's bill, I am not surprised with the stand of BJP. Do we really think all this politicians are come into politics to serve the nation or the people? 99% of the answer will be NO; Ya there are some individuals who are true leaders but their voices will not be heard. The time has come for the people of the country to rise to the occasion against the corrupt government and politicians, they should know what is PEOPLES POWER,I whole heartedly support and Pray to GOD, to be with Team Anna throughout the struggle and Save the Country.

from:  sankar
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 18:10 IST

Finally a decent/apolitical decision from BJP. Thank GOD:)

from:  Palani
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 17:39 IST

I am shocked to read the statement by BJP. I have been thinking for last 20 years, that BJP will wipe the corruption if it comes into power in full strength. This statement is depressing and the where is your Desh Bhakt image gone BJP. Wake up. Speak right. Do Right. Otherwise there is no difference between you and Congress. I will believe this is the stand of BJP, only if this statement comes from Advani or Vajpayee who have greater vision to India. Not Gadkari, who is a rooky in Central Politics.

from:  syam
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 16:53 IST

All ministers, MPs, MLAs are corrupt. Hence they will oppose Jan Lokpal bill. Main objective is to remove corruption so that India must get smooth system for public. Which party cares public ?

from:  Sanjeev
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 16:50 IST

No one in india is over the parlimantry system in the democracy. If the draft bill is tabled then why Anna is in so hurry to impose his lok-pal bill before the decision on 1st that is already in the discussion. He is not superior to our multi-party democracy.

from:  avinash kaushik
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 15:16 IST

This is the main reason annaji has said not to let any political party to join this holy movement. Before they support and now when confronted directly with their earlier mistake they[BJP]change the stance. When they are saying parliament is the only body that has the right to make laws why can't they consider what the civil society is crying out loud?

from:  mahesh
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 14:55 IST

Our Parliament is supreme. Nobody can usurp its position in the Constitution of India. Is there anybody to tell who has made Anna the spokesperson of the entire country ? Perhaps we could do away with Parliamentary Legislation and allow some spirited individuals (however noble and good they be) to draft bills and get them passed ( by all blackmailing methods). Why are our Legislators silent on their role ? The best option for Anna is to form a National Party (if he can) and get to rule the country and pass his legislation.

from:  Thomas Vech
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 14:28 IST

There is a great opportunity for Indian political parties to truly understand that "the young Indians are literate, will not be easily fooled like the older generations, want India to be a modern democracy of a developed country". The parties should re-align their strategy, drop defective policies, retire the old guard, ATONE for past deeds, UNITE and CONSOLIDATE to form national parties and not remain sectarian or regional parties ruling local fiefdoms, attract and recruit educated and capable youth. New Indians do not appear to be keen on 'hereditary power without ability or competence'. The days of blatant exploitation are strictly numbered. If this does not happen, sooner or later, new parties will fill the gap and provide what modern India is crying out for. Indians need a vibrant democracy, a plurality of parties - hopefully good parties to choose between, not elect a party that is least harmful!

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 14:02 IST

BJP like Congress is a party of thugs!! They prey on insecurity of Hindus only to gain power and access govt money for looting the nation. The BJP betrayed even Lord Ram in whose name it got votes. See the condition of Ayodhya, there is zero infrastructure for pilgrims, the city is filthy with cowdung and stray cattle, monkey rule the streets. This despite the fact BJP was in power for 6 years in centre and 10 years in UP govt. Voters should take revenge from both BJP and Congress in upcoming elections.

from:  Shaleen Mathur
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 14:00 IST

The govt. should call a meeting consisting opposition leaders and leaders from UPA govt. and start scratch their heads. They should recall the current Lokpal Bill from standing committee and take a referendum on what kind of lokpal should be presented in the parliament. Then there is a point of passing that kind of bill. The current bill is like a body without its head which can't see, can't hear and can't speak. It will follow the ways the govt. takes it be that UPA or any other future govt. The most surprising thing is the reaction of our MR. Clean PM ji. Initially he was in agreement with the Anna Team and now listening to his remarks I feel really ashamed of my Country. These kind of Politicians we elect to represent our nation. The so called strongest person of the country is following orders from Sibal, Pranab and now Rahul.
Decision of Parliament will come only in picture when a strong lokpal bill is drafted.

from:  Kanishak
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 13:51 IST

Politicians talk about supremacy of institutions. If the institutions prove ineffective, what alternative citizens have got. The politicians (most of them with criminal background) get elected to various assemblies and parliament and now they are teaching us how to cleanse the system. People of India should raise their voices in unison to condemn these politicians to the dustbin of the history. Election Commission is also partly responsible for this sorry state of affairs. By increasing the deposit amount to exorbitant levels, it has made it impossible for ordinary citizens to contest the elections. Media persons to note these and campaign for cleansing the electoral system.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 13:41 IST

Shame on BJP, it wants to take political mileage of the prevailing situation in country, but the citizens who are on streets to support Hazare know very well that the BJP is not less corrupt than the ruling party. We the citzens of this country won't allow any political party to ride on the popular wave. We are really fed up with most of the present politicians and want some alternative.

from:  Ankur Goyal
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 13:13 IST

Happy to note that the BJP has overtly acted and shown its belief and faith in the Parliamentary Democracy. Its welcome approach to the cause of Annaji but not his methodology is a solace to nationalist in the country who are much worried to see the events of recent days. Let the BJP use its wisdom, expertise and resources before the Standing committee and in the Parliament with a spirit of accommodation to see that all Bills relating to Corruption are passed at the earliest.

from:  Prof. N. Gunachandran
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 12:43 IST

BJP Leaders are sadly mistaken. They like congress had not felt the pulse of the people's anger. Parliament may be supreme, not the parlimentarians. Parlimentarians should voice the voice of the people. They are elected to repesent the people and not their own wishes and pleasure.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:59 IST

BJP is opportune party they want to eat the bread and want keep it as it is.Really speaking not a single political party of India genuinely interested to erase the bribery from India.Their bread and butter is completely depend on black money, if they fight election honestly, how can they elected in parliament?In India giver and taker of bribe never suffered from guilt.Hindu person even dare to give bribe to GOD.He requested to GOD please solve my this problem I will offer to you this and this gift.How can anybody erase the bribery in this society?

from:  Ramesh Raghuvanshi
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:44 IST

BJP is proving to be no better than Congress. None of these political parties seem to be true representatives of people. The Jan Lokpal bill has massive support from the citizens of the country. Cant they see it? The political parties seem to be so blinded in the obsession for power that they have completely forgotten whom they represent. This is the irony of our democracy. The politicians remember us only during elections. Even the opposition is not playing an active role in representing the Public Demand. The politicians should be taught a lesson. They should be made to run on their toes, listen and respond to the citizens. Ahead of the Lokpal bill, the Bill for "Right to Recall" should be passed!

from:  Swetha
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:42 IST

BJP is India's greatest enemy, Team Anna must be careful not to let these hooligans take over the anti-corruption movement, for 63 years BJP slept on all isssues confronting the nation, their leaders only focussed on killing Gandhji, demolished Babri Masjid, instigated large scale communal violence and killed more Indians, successfully prevented Ram Sethu project in the name of Lord Ram and now they are going to ditch Jan Lokpal Bill or kill Team Anna in the name of right of Parliament

from:  Xavier Surender
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:31 IST

I dont particularly see any point in the media saying: Team Anna wants only their bill to be introduced rather than the Govt's draft. All team Anna is saying is to get both to the table in the parliament and have a healthy discussion around both. After those discussion, whatever comes out as Parliament's decision will be accepted. This is the understanding that everyone gets out of Team Anna's stance on the Jan Lokpal bill. Please do not post hypothetical points not made by Team Anna and thereby diluting the value that Team Anna has created across the country. From a respected publishing house like The Hindu I expect more responsible journalism. You are also demeaning the stance that BJP is taking.

from:  Ratnaditya
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:31 IST

Arrest of Anna Hazare and the ban on the hunger strike in Delhi is an act of cowardice. Democratic rights of citizens to protest peacefully is challenged on weak grounds. This is the beginning not the end.Lok Pal Bill presented in parliament is weak, inadequate and porous. Congress has attacked the democratic right to conduct peaceful protest with the ban on the hunger strike and the arrest of Anna Hazare and his supporters in Delhi. Both congress and corrupt BJP need punishment to delay any debate in Parliament since past 42 years. Popular civil movement has to be built up to ensure that an effective legislation is adopted by parliament and starvation in rural India as we see gets stopped.

from:  Rakesh Manchanda
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:19 IST

Gadkari should openly tell what is wrong with the bill. He is simply saying parliament is the ultimate authority to stop corruption. Parliament has been there for 65 years and still India is a developing country. As an opposition BJP has done nothing constructive except saying they do not accept the bill in total because it is by the Team Anna. Sad that BJP too is behaving like congress in several aspects except that it does not have the Italian connections.

from:  Kasimani Baskaran
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:10 IST

there is a unanimity behind the curtain in between UPA and BJP that save judiciary which in turn save corrupts as judiciary is equally corrupt.

from:  Chhajuram, advocate
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 10:00 IST

What a joke! Who needs BJP's endorsement of Anna Hazare's people's movement. I do not see any difference between BJP and Congress when it comes to corruption. Look at Yeddurappa saga in Karnataka.

from:  Kshetrajna
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 09:50 IST

It is laughable that BJP is talking about corruption. Having been at the helm of 2 of the most corrupt governments in India (Gujarat and Karnataka), what moral right does the Gadkaris and Jaitleys have to speak of corruption? It is insulting to the collective national intelligence. I wish Anna Hazare keeps BJP at arm's length. He does not need BJP; he has the people to serve as the wind in his sails.

from:  Sriram Kalaga
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 09:35 IST

It will take a lot of gumption from any political party to fulfil the aspirations of the people. Anna Hazare has shown that corruption is not an essential part of our lives and we can hope for a day when corruption does not exist and people now do not want to settle for anything less.If political parties are genuinely interested in weeding out corruption, they must seize this opportunity but if they just want to ride on the popularity of this issue the people of this country will give them a fitting reply.

from:  krishnan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 09:29 IST

nice read. Also the best part was 'hijacking' of BJP's idea by Anna and Team....

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 09:23 IST

The BJP's stand isn't unexpected - no political party in a land where it doesn't have to face referendum will allow the people to wrest control from the P'ment. Fair enough But Annaji himself said that his fight is against the Govt and not the P'ment. Notice how the UPA allies are silent in this issue. Annaji wanted two separate bills presented in P'ment, his stronger version, and the Govt's toothless farce. Then the legislators would choose between the bills, or the Standing Committee would exercise 'political expediency' and form a strong but practical LP Bill. The Govt won't even allow that. So we have to force the Govt to listen to us...we have no choice.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 09:22 IST

It is difficult to comprehend the BJP philosophy. On one hand they say they support fully Anna's right to go on protest even to the extent of Fast to death: and on the the other they say we do not support his Bill. You cannot eat the cake and keep it also.

from:  Nawaz
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 08:56 IST

Both Bills are extreme, the Government's bill is too soft & Team Anna's too authoritarian. A middle path will need to be sought out. Let us incorporate Team Anna's suggestions in the final bill and let Parliament debate what is to be passed & what not. And as with the POTA repeal, call special joint session of both houses & debate the issue threadbare.

from:  Ashish Agarwal
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 08:44 IST

Shame on this Govt. It used its powers to make a Gandhian look like a scamster, but not to deliver rotting grain to those dying of hunger. This move and method of preventing Anna Hazare is in my opinion most foolish and silly high handed act by the authorities. Big Mistake. Why is the Supreme court quite on this blatant breach of Anna Hazare's right to peaceful protest ...?

from:  Shubham Saurabh
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 08:42 IST

Parliament is elected by the civil society, So it is supposed to do what the civil society(Majority) thinks right and not what political party thinks.

from:  Niju
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 08:23 IST

BJP's double game is clearly exposed..

from:  sree harsha
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 08:02 IST

God only can save India!!!

from:  ramana
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 07:59 IST

Public opinion is most important in democracy. If a political party is not able to understand public opinion what kind of politics they are doing? Now a days these public leaders are not available for public they are available for high profile Industrialist and powerful man. They just talk of public but don't think about public and their opinion. Who raise question on parliament, at the same time it is also important that parliament should hear voice of public. Parliamentarians should understand the public feeling and come forward to the leadership to adopt public opinion. Real democracy is that.

Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 07:50 IST

I am a person with RSS mindset. Take it as a positive comment till BJP keep on taking advantage of public anger, it will never go into hearts of people. The may win 1 or 2 elections but again they will be rooted out. Same happened in UP. Please don't try to take advantage over public anger or someone's work. Support the bill let it pass in lok sabha. People will be with you automatically.

from:  gaurava
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 07:46 IST

In the midst of all this drama, the main issue seems to be getting sidelined. Not once has the government attempted to defend its version of the Lokpal bill. Why don't they provide a rebuttal of team Anna's claim that it is toothless? Why doesn't the opposition provide its justification for rejecting the Jan Lokpal bill?

from:  Gouri N
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 07:37 IST

It's insane to think that political parties will support Jan Lokpal Bill instead of a simple Lokpal Bill [ same as sampurn swaraj and swaraj ] since most of the so called Neta's and parties are corrupt. Hope Mr Anna Hazare movement will help the Indians to think how they vote and get a good society for our future generations as our freedom fighters have thought of.

from:  rajiv
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 07:22 IST

Both the Congress and the BJP are trying to make a big deal that only the elected representatives in any democracy have the right to debate and pass bills in Parliment. As an extension to this spurious logic, they blame the Civil Society of becoming an alternate power structure and attack Anna Hazare. But the knowledgable citizens know much better. In many established democracies such as the USA, the people are not condemned to suffer from the illegal acts of their elected representatives for a full term. That is why they have the right to recall their legislators at any time. Had this provision been available to us, most of our current group of Parliamentarians would have been recalled. Instead, we have to listen to their constant sermonizing about their superiority over the citizens fighting for the Civil Society. This is a glaring loophole in our democracy and the citizens sincerely hope that the Civil Society will address this issue once the Lokpal matter is resolved.

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 07:14 IST

All political parties are corrupt and they don't want to lose their right to perpetuate corruption. That's why BJP has joined hands with the Congress to oppose a strong lokpal bill. The sooner these rotten politicians are hanged from the nearest poles, the better for India's future.

from:  gurbally
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 07:12 IST

And we are surprised why this bill was not passed in 1971, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005 and in 2008!!! BJP is the same party which did not allow for this bill to be passed. All the talk now is nothing but cheap politics!

from:  Sudharshan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 06:51 IST

May be it is a good time for BJP to clamor on clauses of Jan Lokpal bill that it disagree with. Riding along with people anger against corruption,sorry - opposition, for political expedient is unethical and will not garner any public confidence in future.

from:  venkat
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 06:49 IST

MPs are known to table questions in the parliament for a Fee. What is wrong for the People to pressure their elective representatives to debate the Civil Society's version of the Likpal Bill? Anna has clearly said that We The People will accept the Parliament's final decision. The Face of BJP is unmasked. They want to confuse the issue and hope that the problem will go away. The Media have a job to do and clarify Anna's stand. He wants only that Both Versions of the Jan lokpal bill be debated in the parliament. Let the people decide what their MP's have to say on the matter. Don't hide behind misinformation.

from:  Vox Populi
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 06:13 IST

Is BJP scared that a strong Lokpal Bill will trap corrupt politicians in its own party? It looks as if no politician wants a Lokpal Bill with teeth! BJP wants to run with the hare and hunt with the hound by supporting Hazare's movement and at the same time seeking to water down the Lokpal Bill as desired by Congress/UPA!

from:  Dilip Mahanty
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 05:55 IST

Since BJP too share the corrupt booty (Read Karnataka mines) , it's not wonder they will not support a strong Lokpal. Also they should not forget , it's the people or civil society that they represent in parliament. The political parties are not the bosses of people , it's otherwise. We can only dream about the days when politics means service and politicians rendering service to the nation without obligations.

from:  Karthikeyan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 05:53 IST

BJP is also a corrupt party. Look at Karnataka.

from:  kk
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 04:55 IST

Citizens have a right to protest but last word on any Bill is that of Parliament. In otherwords... We are also equally corrupt!

from:  T.Subramanian
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 04:24 IST

BJP is no different from Congress. They are also full of corrupt people. How will they support JANLOKPAL bill? If it is passed in parliament, most of the BJP leaders will give company to Raja and Kalmadi in Tihar. If the prices have to be lowered, if progress is to be made as in China, only option is to bring JANLOKPAL bill. India will then grow faster than any other country in the world.

from:  Chandrabose
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 04:23 IST

BJP's True colors are now in the open. Now they are saying that they support Anna on the Agitation part only and not on his draft Lokpal Bill.This is the condition of the main opposition party. After the last Lok sabha Elections BJP is trying to find out all non-constitutional methods to dislodge the Government. They have not allowed the Parliament to function and never taken part in any fruitful/constructive discussions. BJP's aim is destroy our Democratic institutions and for this they are ready to sleep with any body i.e left/right/others. BJP has not allowed the Government to put forward the views of the Government in many issues (in both houses of parliament) and they have to some extend successfully used the Media to counter the Government. Certain TV Channels have also fallen pray to their lies. In the present situation 'Anna's Fast is a farce Drama only as it seems Anna has been planted by BJP and some other parties to embarrass the Government. God only can save India!

from:  viswanathan
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 04:18 IST

It's obvious that this anti-corruption fight is going to be people vs politicians. Two key points: 1) BJP's statements prove that their aim is only to embarrass the government and if they were in power they would be doing the same thing. 2) The 'leaders' who talk of the supremacy of the parliament don't talk of the supremacy of the people's will! If 'elected representatives' pass bills that are against people's desires, is it still a democracy? Are these politicians telling the people that since they got elected for the next 5 years, they can do as they please?

from:  K Palaka
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 04:10 IST

You are Wrong BJP. May be we do need a public referendum systems now. Common people are final authority, parliament members are representatives not the owner. Get a general referendum, I think Indian people are matured enough to face this.

from:  Dhananjay
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 02:49 IST

It's clear that BJP's agitation against corruption and concern for democracy is just a sham. They are as disinterested in tackling corruption as the Congress.

from:  Vijay Padiyar
Posted on: Aug 17, 2011 at 02:34 IST
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