Congress on Monday dared social activist Anna Hazare to contest from Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat here after the latter released findings of his team’s survey in Union Minister Kapil Sibal’s constituency on the Lokpal issue.

“I had heard about his survey...he could contest the next Lok Sabha elections in 2014 from Chandni Chowk. Truth will clearly come out then,” party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters dismissing the civil society members’ initiative.

He was responding to questions on the claims of the Team Hazare that an overwhelming 85 per cent of people surveyed in the area favoured (their version) Jan Lokpal Bill.

Hazare’s team carried out a four-day survey on Lokpal bill there. Mr. Hazare, who addressed the press on Monday to give out its results of the survey, claimed its “interim” results showed 85 per cent of 72,000 responses counted so far were in favour of Jan Lokpal Bill.

Another activist Arvind Kejriwal commented, “Seeing these results the question arises, does Kapil Sibal still represent the people of his constituency?”

Mr. Tewari, however, said Mr. Hazare and his friends should have “faith in the wisdom and discretion of Parliament” once the government tables the Lokpal Bill in the House. “You can do surveys. But you cannot play with the basic structure of the Constitution,” he said.

Team Hazare is bitterly opposed to the government’s decision to keep the Prime Minister, the higher judiciary and MPs’ conduct inside Parliament outside Lokpal’s purview.


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