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Dissolve Parliament as government is unconstitutional: Hazare, V.K. Singh

Shoumojit Banerjee
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Ánti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and the former Army Chief, General V.K. Singh, arriving for a media interaction in Mumbai on Monday. Photo: Vivek Bendre
The Hindu Ánti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and the former Army Chief, General V.K. Singh, arriving for a media interaction in Mumbai on Monday. Photo: Vivek Bendre

“Cabinet reshuffle a superficial exercise”

Launching a blistering attack on the Union government, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and the former Army Chief, General V.K. Singh, on Monday termed the government “unconstitutional” and called for dissolution of Parliament.

They said the two pillars of democracy were not acting in the manner enshrined in the Constitution

With Mr. Hazare beside him, General Singh said the existing governmental system had completely disregarded the soul and spirit of the Constitution.

“People have completely lost faith in the government on the issues of land, water, forest and mineral wealth due to rivers being privatised, forests being sold to private companies and tribal people being displaced from their traditional habitat,” he said, reading out from a joint statement prepared by Mr. Hazare and himself.

The duo would tour the country from January 30 to “awaken masses” to their programme of choosing their able representatives who would take up their causes in Parliament. Mr. Hazare said a working committee, comprising 1,200 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) engineers had been constituted to facilitate his programme.

“A good image, an eagerness to serve and competence are the qualities that will be looked for in a candidate,” said General Singh.

“In every recent decision, be it FDI in the retail sector or the hike in diesel price, the UPA government had been in a minority,” said General Singh. He accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of ignoring the principle of collective responsibility. He alleged that policies were being framed to benefit big businesses rather than the common man and no one was raising voice against this in Parliament.

Attacking the government for its silence on the issue of bringing black money stashed away in foreign banks back to the country, he said it could have been used to develop the country. While many countries in the West were working towards bringing back black money, politicians in India were surprisingly silent on the issue.

Mr. Hazare said: “We are not going inside Parliament nor will we be floating any political outfit. We are working towards inducing change from outside, by screening people who enter Parliament.” Fresh elections should be held to allow a new government in place that would work for the collective benefit of people.

Praising Arvind Kejriwal, he said: “Even if our paths are different, our goal is the same — a corruption-free India,” he said.

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Welcome Gen. V.K. Singh, the Strong Man of India and one of the few honest officials and stand firm on anti-corruption.

Progressive people will behind the forces to clean up India and its corrupt politicians sooner than later.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 20:42 IST

Gen VK Singh is a man of stature. But he is ex-Army. He should have
allowed for growth of stature in the civilian domain before throwing
his weight around. For example, already we can see how his successor
to the Army's top post is being challenged by a Defense Intelligence
murali - I understand your point. The vast majority engage in
corruption, one way or another, and it goes on in a vicious cycle. But
you see, if the govt were to strengthen its vigilance and give full
power to the enforcement agencies to act against all those who engage
in corrupt acts, then slowly people would desist from it. Once the
cycle is broken at the crucial place, it starts to unravel, leading to
a corruption-free country. No-one wants to take the first step,
fearing that they might be left out in the cold. The govt is the only
one who can force everyone to take the necessary steps so that no-one
is left in the cold. Bereft of its raison d'etre, corruption would die

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 17:16 IST

The members of the parliament has forgotten 'Moral Responsibility'. There is difference betwen allegations and allegations with proofs. Minister having such serious allegation must resign on grounds of morality till charges are proved to be negative to maintain the faith of the people in the constitution.

from:  Manish Kumar Tripathi
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 16:30 IST

@ Murali I agree with your point that till date no one come up with
the solution, what could be the solution is it educating people, is it
possible in short span of time or keeping a check on media will that
be possible.. so tell me what could be the solution which could stop
politician from doing scams and frauds.

Only thing which could change this is revolution, i am not saying
revolution is always meant for good but something would change ...

from:  Mayank
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 15:06 IST

I know it may sound bombastic, but we do need an awakening, a cultural-political revolution. Our politicians have failed us on all counts, repeatedly. Instead of demonising high principled personalities such as Anna, Kejriwal, and Gen. Singh, the media could do better to ensure that their voices are heard louder than before. Our country is in a dire need to reinvent itself.

from:  luhar sen
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 13:53 IST

I agree with Murali's statement,but only partially.Corruption cannot be totally eliminated by grass roots level solutions,and the reason is easier to see.People at the grassroots constitute the 99% of our population.Out of that 99% even if we work tirelessly to imbibe fair practices and honesty in their dealings;only around(say 70%)people will get the message across and act accordingly.The rest 29% will continue with their corrupt practices and when the rest 70% get to watch how they are deprived of deserving status or position because of being honest they will revert back to being corrupt.Moreover,if the parlimentarians themselves are corrupt people would not hesitate to indulge in corruption,either with active 'aid' of the politicians or alone.Corruption requires a both bottom up and a top down(more importantly)approach to be eliminated completely. Otherwise even if the grassroots is completely cleaned up, the people at the top will make it 'dirty' again in an unending saga.

from:  Pranjal Barman
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 13:38 IST

Truly speaking Man Mohan Singh acts as Chairman of a finance company to
suck blood of the people of nation, in the name of liberlisation and
reforms. He is unfit to lead the nation for development. Congress have
chosen a wrong and senseless government servant to lead the nation.He is
lucky enough as BJP failed to function properly in and out of

from:  D.Anandaraj
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 13:05 IST

i think talking that the present government is unconstitutional might only illustrate the authors of that declaration are ignorant bigots, whom ever they are.

from:  V. Maharajan
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 12:48 IST

Annaji, Take Arvind with you as fast as possible. try to patch up your difference. He is like your son and can easily be convinced. Try hard to do this because you are taller than Kejariwal. He is a great strength and can change current scenario of political system. He can surely defeat congress and some corrupt in BJP also

from:  Mahendra Vyas
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 12:46 IST

I guess this is high time we stop this high pitch rhetoric and come out with grass root level solutions to eliminate corruption. The problems is in the root and not with trunk or branches and by pruning these, we will not address the core problem. With 24x7 news channels chasing these sound bites, anyone and everyone is shooting their mouth off. Till date, I have not see one solution that address the core issue or the problem.

from:  murali
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 11:25 IST

Gen. V K Singh like many common citizens is agitated by the state of affairs concerning many of our politicians. That would explain his strong statements yesterday. The Army has always emphasized the importance of obedience to rules and operational procedures. Civilian life, governed by our Constitution, also has such procedures in place , and an elected Govt needs to be defeated on the floor of the House, to be ousted.
As for holding immediate elections, this may not alway be a panacea as peoples' verdicts can be ambiguous. People like the General may have to learn to make do with whatever prescription the people's verdict may throw up, while continuing to fight for the high principles they have put up for public consideration

from:  S Nityananda
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 11:14 IST


from:  balaji
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 10:15 IST

No doubt People this day say that they can not afford to faith in the
intentions and words of government.Common man does have all
information but lacks concern for undoing the bad. There is a lot in
the joint statement of Annaji & VK Singh Jee. Those who hold the
reigns are not going to recommend dissolution of Lok Sabha simply on
the grounds of Parliamentary Ethics. Parliamentary moral this day
rests only in mustering numbers. But common voter citizen can still do
so, opportunity will be surely in 2014,no one can stop it.This message
has to be carried deep into the villages & amongst the lower Cadres of
even BJP / Congress/BSP /SP/RJD to rise beyond petty material favours
and request/force(through appeals, motivation, vote bank
threats)political leaderships around them /of their parties to shed
corrupt & criminal intentions /put in practice internal party
democracy now on wards. Two square meal earner can only SCARE the

from:  Er. Daya Sagar
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 08:47 IST

V K Singh is well known for his infamous attempt to extend his service period by manipulating his own date of birth and finally got entangled into litigations without even bothering about the dignity of the position he occupied at that time. When somebody attempted to offer bribe, as alleged by him, instead of taking action against him with his mighty position he went and complained to the defence minister like a timid school boy. And inspite of the minister gave him the clear go ahead signal with action against such person who attempted to bribe, he simply went dormant. Then suddenly he started bleating about it on the verge of his exit after vain attempt to gain a few months service. Thank god no war took place during his tenure. What kind revolution and cleanliness we can expect from such people?

from:  pragasam ramaswamy
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 08:26 IST

It is surprising that the former Army Major and Anna Hazare can make statements like this. Either they do not know the constitution or they are deceiving the public, perhaps with a good cause in mind. Both FDI and increase in Diesel price were policy decisions by the present Government which have been welcomed by some and opposed by others. Major Singh and Hazare have no locus standi to utter these words. Political parties can oppose these in the parliament.

from:  E. Arunan
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 08:23 IST

That Mr. V.K. Singh has joined Anna and taking an active part in nation building and in putting the governing system back on rails for it to work in the true spirit of our constitution, is heartening, and a landmark and welcome development.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 08:09 IST

Absurd demand. If the government of the day is to listen to every Tom
Dick and Harry on the street and resign, then this country cannot be
managed. Get into the election mood as Kejrewal has done, select good
people, put up them up against the crooks and break the nexus.If you
cannot win, you will atleast break the nexus between the crooks and
should a few get elected, you will control the parliament and then
change things.But calling only for dissolution of the parliament without
anything else to offer, this group is only calling for anarchy.

from:  P.Tauro
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 07:56 IST

It is for the media who is supposed to watch, to comment on whether this is a right
development. We have witnessed a few voices who ask for the replacement of a
Government. If this is sustainable, what about the States and in the States. The
cabinets there, the legislatures there. It is then open to anyone or any group who feel
aggrieved to demand that a duly elected parliament, legislature or Government to be
replaced. Will that in any way ensure the safety of Democracy and our constitution.
More than us Morals it is the Media that has to comment . We will watch.

from:  vram
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 07:47 IST

As Mr TSR Subramanian (the learned and upright ex-Cabinet Secretary -
the highest post in the Indian administration) made a poignant plea on a
TV channel last night, for how long more should the retired
honest/patriotic citizens of India silently watch their country, the
lives of their own children/grandchildren in Indian society at large,
get deeper and deeper into human abyss? When will the worthy sons and
daughters of India, in any walk of life, say 'enough is enough'?

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 07:39 IST

Anna hazare did create an impact in the beginning of this year on the anti corruption issue,
But at one stage he even questioned the parliament, and later he could not go ahead and
his influence faded and his followers were also split. The fact remains, that in a
parliamentary democracy, the parliament is supreme and legislation cannot be decided by
Few members of the civil society. The statement of general Singh that the continuance of
The present govt is unconstituionsl does not make any sense, as the present govt has not
Been defeated by a no confidence resolution till this date. One may not agree with the
Policy of the govt in office, but on that account one cannot say that their continuance in
Office is illegal. Those who are eager to correct the govt should be careful in their remarks
And if they resort to such remarks, they are weakening themselves, and the citizens of the
Country will not take them seriously.

from:  C.p.Chandra das
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 07:21 IST

When a man gets old he loses his mind.

from:  Mohammed Khader
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 05:50 IST

This is the first time that General Singh has mentioned Maun Mohan Singh as not being
naive as he is perceived to be. General Singh was in the thick of knowing about happenings
in the corridors of power and his joining the corruption free India speaks volumes of the
sickness which has India in such a pitiable condition. General Singh is the first Chief of Army
Staff to join what is a social movement with political underpinnings. Good luck and good

from:  Surender
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 02:27 IST

Honest and hard working Indians should welcome these people every where and support them to topple this government and mete out justice to these crooks. All of them. There is not one good apple in that basket. All they know is how to loot the country, make themselves rich and then sell it to the foreigners.

Great effort by Hazare and V.K. Singh.

from:  annapp
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 01:45 IST

Hope that more of eminent citizens will join the anti-corruption movements. If the
corrupt in the country are allowed to rule the nation unquestioned, these looters will
continue with their sinister activities without fear of ever being caught.

from:  K. Vijayakumar
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 01:18 IST

We must stop being sheep and be lion, the need of this hour in India. We must come out of our shells and openly join and support Anna and Gen V K Singh who are fighting to save the nation from majority politicians who are acting like theives, dacoits and murderers. Indians need to awaken and unite to fight the evil forces ruling the country.

from:  harshi
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 00:58 IST

I wish, this cabinet reshuffle does not turn out to be an even deeper
fault for UPA since so many NEW and young faces have been given
independent charges. However I support the approach that portfolios
should be in younger hands and thus I keep my spirits and optimism
high. Lets see what happens.

from:  Yognik Baghel
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 00:43 IST

Even after the parliament gets dissolved, we will have the same faces
running again. Why tax the exchequer for the same results?

from:  Sai Tatapudi
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 00:16 IST

As a former Army Chief Gen VK Singh still carries the legacy of the
leadership of Indian Army. It would have been nobler of him if he
exhibits the question of propriety, even though he is entitled to view
his opinion as a citizen. Its not just corruption he is criticizing
the govt about but dissolution of parliament.This a fascist tone. If
he wants to leave the question of propriety behind then he should
actively join POLITICS like Arvind Kejriwal and Team. Lets fight the
corruption in a democratic manner. We dont want a corruption free,
AUTHORITARIAN India but a corruption free and democratic India.

from:  kashung
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 00:06 IST

doesnt know how to write his own birth date. this people demand for the resolution of parliament.

from:  ramachandra joshi
Posted on: Oct 30, 2012 at 00:02 IST
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