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Updated: September 2, 2011 10:54 IST

Chidambaram: government will find a political solution

K. Balchand
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Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram at the Parliament House in New Delhi. File photo
The Hindu Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram at the Parliament House in New Delhi. File photo

'We will not rely on administrative measures alone'

Bowing to the Opposition's demand, the Union government assured the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that a political solution would be found to end the impasse arising out of anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare's refusal to be released from the Tihar Jail until he was allowed to begin fast at the Jai Prakash Narain Park.

The government decided to allow Mr. Hazare to mount his indefinite fast, but under some conditions related to the venue.

Replying to the debate on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said seeking a review of the magistrate's order remanding Mr. Hazare in judicial custody for seven days and ensuring his immediate release was a political decision. The government would stick to a political process and not rely on administrative measures alone.

Responding to Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav's supplementary, Mr. Chidambaram said the government would be dispassionate, unbiased, just and sincere in handling Mr. Hazare's case.

However, he made it clear that the decision would be implemented by the Delhi Police as per the law. Mr. Hazare, he argued, had the “undoubted” right to protest but subject to conditions imposed on him as required under the law.

Three options

Outlining the three options open to Mr. Hazare, Mr. Chidambaram said he could either go back to the police and renegotiate the conditions, or approach court arguing that the conditions were unreasonable or violate the law and allow the police to take action. Mr. Chidambaram hoped that he would go to court challenging the conditions imposed on him, and the government would accept any judicial order.

Mr. Chidambaram denied any government involvement in the arrest of Mr. Hazare and justified the police action, stressing that the Criminal Procedure Code provides for preventive detention on the basis of apprehension of breach of peace or violation of prohibitory orders.

In this context, he pointed out that the arrest of BJP leader L.K. Advani when Lalu Prasad was Chief Minister of Bihar was a preventive measure, based on the apprehension of breach of peace.

Earlier, Gurudas Dasgupta of the CPI and Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj objected to the Home Minister's reply and said the Prime Minister alone was expected to reply to his statement.

Presiding Officer Inder Singh Namdhari agreed with the objection, but urged them not to insist upon a reply from the Prime Minister.

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Though I had a high respect and admiration for Dr Manmohan Singh and Mr. Chidambaram as new faces of India developing as modern, respectable country globally, I am deeply disappointed. Unfortunately I cannot say anything but that they have proved to be wolves in sheep's clothes and are proving themselves to be more aligned to the established ways of Congress in the Seventies. This government is proving to be more cunning and hypocritical. Dr. Singh and UPA wanted to work for the 'Aam Admi' but under this government food inflation that has most detrimental impact on the poorest segment of the society has been one of the highest in my memory. Dr. Singh has been seen to be cleanest and expressed interest to fight corruption. Unfortunately he is claiming helplessness to check or take action against corruption in his government. Indeed he has allowed, if not promoted, corruption on the grandest scale under his Prime Ministership.

from:  Dev Ramachandran
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 19:38 IST

I always support him. He doing for us not like corrupt politician. My motto is who oppose him I don’t vote him next time (who ever from my local MP congress, BJP, ...) Jai Hind.

from:  shila
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 17:33 IST

Mr.Chidambaram, Do you belong to government or are you some one outside the government, every time you see issue creeping up - naxalism,terrorism, telangana movement, hazare movement, right wing movements. you give an answer that government will provide solution. I hope you are in government and it is your duty to provide solutions, in case you are not able to provide solutions, I request you to step down rather than being an inefficient minister.

from:  harikrishna
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 17:17 IST

We as the citizens of India voted this government to serve us, is there any law / policy in elections commissions power for the people to vote this government out of power. Is there any judge to clarify this? If we can do this what is required from the people of India to boot this government off? Is it petition signed by 1 billion Indian citizens to the president......

from:  Muthu Thiagarajan
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 14:09 IST

My dear Chidambaramji and Sibalji, We elected you to serve us and not rule and opress us. We have no alternative but to elect somebody and send them to the parliament in the hope that you will serve us keeping the welfare of the people in mind, But after reaching Parliament you become haughty, arrogant and self serving. When we raise issues concerning us and question ,you say it is attack on the democracy.The questions raised by us get no answers. The Govt dilli-dallies and procrastinates in the hope that people will forget. This country men have been fooled by the politicians since our Independence, Now their patince is over and politcians in the Govt have to answer howsoever uncomfortable the question may be. You are not our masters but public servants, so kindly serve the public.

from:  Dr RK Sharma
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 12:52 IST

The media (both electronic and print media) is as much to blame for all the happening as that of the govt for not publishing the real facts and no garner better TRP rating and circulation, they are also indulging in this crime. it is sad to see that The HINDU is also baised in their view, i saw the view expressed by N.RAM on NDTV which was so biased, so does that mean that he will allow any persons inside HINDU to write an article with out any scrutinity as an editor. which is what applies to laws of the land, we should not encourage people to break them for petty politics in the name of freedom.

from:  Baradh
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 12:39 IST

The statement of Chidambaram saying Jan lokpal bill by sri anna hazare is not acceptable, is not convincing. Why can't Jan Lokpal be be placed in parliament for the house who has authority to discuss and pass the bill.It is not for him to decide whether bill is acceptable or not but authority is only parliament.No doubt he is entitled take part as member of parliament/minister in discussion and express his openion.

from:  H. Koyang
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 11:50 IST

A political solution??.. When the government is capable of finding a political solution to control Mr. Hazare, why couldn't they do the same to control corruption. Why this government appears so scared? This issue is starting to expose the dark side of our constitution, laws and parliament. The constitution was created by human and for human. If the law is not working, then its time to take the next step.

from:  John
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 00:43 IST

We elected our representative for doing the best for the people not for the politician or corporate. For that we are paying the tax and maintaining the system as well. We know the supremacy of parliament. The politicians don't want to teach us about supremacy. The politicians are spoiled the power and supremacy of parliament through scams, corruption, fighting etc. we are not. Now they wants to twist the topic through the asking the supremacy of parliament. We didn't ’t say you to make the law in a street. We didn't say you to change the entire system of our country. We only told you to include our suggestion for wipe out the corruption through the strong lokpal bill. We cannot believe the politician will do the best without the pressure from the common people because of our past experience. We will not come for disturbing the parliament; we gave you the power to do the best for common people. Instead of doing the good job you are making us as fools.

from:  Siyad
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 00:37 IST
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