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Updated: December 16, 2013 15:04 IST

No point opposing Lokpal after Anna’s consent: Khurshid

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External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday slammed AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal for his opposition to the Lokpal Bill even after anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare supported it. File photo
The Hindu External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday slammed AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal for his opposition to the Lokpal Bill even after anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare supported it. File photo

Union Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday slammed AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal for his opposition to the Lokpal Bill even after anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare supported it.

“After Anna Hazare’s consent, there is no logic in opposing the Lokpal Bill. It would be passed,” he told reporters during a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency.

He said Mr. Hazare was a Gandhian leader, who had the courage to reform himself along with others.

Mr. Kejriwal had on Sunday rejected the Lokpal Bill under consideration in Rajya Sabha as “weak” and ineffective, and said nobody except Congress would be benefited by its passage.

The AAP convenor had also said he was saddened by Mr. Hazare’s stand that he would break his fast once the Lokpal Bill was passed in Parliament, warning that the proposed legislation will not prevent corruption but instead work to “protect the corrupt”.

Mr. Hazare, had in turn said, if anyone feels there are shortcomings in the bill after it is passed, they should fast for it.

Mr. Khurshid also slammed the Uttar Pradesh government, saying it was not cooperating with the Centre due to which several central schemes were held up.

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Anna Hazare's fast got support because of people's anger towards the
system not doing enough to curtail corruption - sudden change of mind
by Congress and Anna is surprising. Not many of the supporters had
heard about Anna and his subsequent fasts never drew the crowds that
we saw in New Delhi. Several questions come to the mind: Is congress
trying to pass the lokpal and give the credit to Anna and Rahul ? Is
it a way to curtail AAP's growth by saying Lokpal is the fruit of
Anna's hardwork and not due to AAP. If Anna's approval was the key to
the Lokpal then why it was not passed two years back without altering
his version ?. It looks like Anna is interested in getting the 'Lokpal
passed due to his efforts' and not an effective Lokpal getting passed.

from:  Nathan
Posted on: Dec 16, 2013 at 23:37 IST

Mr Hazare is a great leader, no doubt.
But I fail to understand why he has been anti-Kejriwal all this time and
suddenly seems pro-Congress. His recent claims like AAP would have won
had he supported it reeks of vanity. It seems that he feels he is not
getting enough attention or credit for recent developments in Delhi.
That`s not a good sign.

from:  Sumeet
Posted on: Dec 16, 2013 at 16:29 IST

I was not knowing Mr.Salman Khurshid has 10 faces like Ravana.

from:  P.K.Ramchandran
Posted on: Dec 16, 2013 at 16:07 IST

“After Anna Hazare’s consent, there is no logic in opposing the Lokpal
Bill.” (Union Minister Salman Khurshid) Why did this wisdom not dawn
on the GoI when Shri Hazare fasted in April 2011 for 98-hours, and
again when he was sent to jail, four hours before the planned
indefinite hunger strike, on 16 August 2011? What has changed between
then and now?

Also, should the Indian Parliament be dissolved now, and instead all
the Bills be sent to Shri Hazare for assent and promulgation, or
otherwise, without wasting time and energy on debating them?

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Dec 16, 2013 at 15:45 IST

Isn't the attitude of Mr Minister suspicious. The party and the ministers were critical of Anna not so many months back and now the terms "Gandhian Leader", taking his approval (almost suggesting Anna has given a stamp of approval).
Has the recent poll debacle made the irreverent Govt. machinery so sensible to public and its true representatives.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Dec 16, 2013 at 15:22 IST

Sudden love for Anna from Congress/BJP!! Whats going on here??

from:  John
Posted on: Dec 16, 2013 at 15:14 IST
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