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Parliament alone can make laws, says Manmohan

Vinay Kumar
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TV Grab of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh making a statement on the anti-corruption protests by Anna Hazare in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.
TV Grab of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh making a statement on the anti-corruption protests by Anna Hazare in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Even the British did not slap curbs on public protests: Opposition

Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh emphasised the supremacy of Parliament in drafting and making laws and cautioned against social activist Anna Hazare's path of imposing his draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill on Parliament, the Opposition said his statement was “disappointing” and failed to “inspire confidence.”

In an identical statement in both Houses on Wednesday, Dr. Singh said the path chosen by Mr. Hazare to “impose his draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill upon Parliament is totally misconceived and fraught with grave consequences for our parliamentary democracy.”

He acknowledged that Mr. Hazare might be “inspired by high ideals in his campaign to set up a strong and effective Lok Pal,” and clarified that the issue between the government and the activist was not one of different attitudes to fighting corruption.

He assured Parliament: “We are determined to provide a government that is transparent, accountable and responsive at all times and determined to fight corruption.” He invited all sections of Parliament to join hands with the government in dealing with corruption.

Dr. Singh said a functional democracy must allow multiple voices to be heard. “But differences of opinion must be resolved through dialogue and consensus.”

Stressing the supremacy of Parliament, he said it was the sole prerogative of Parliament to make laws and the government had gone by well-settled principles.

Terming Dr. Singh's statement “disappointing” and “not inspiring confidence,” Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley demanded that the government take “bold decisions” to tackle corruption.

Denouncing the restrictions imposed by the Delhi Police, he said the curbs slapped on public protests by the United Progressive Alliance government were something unheard of even during the British rule. “The country is exasperated with the government and the level of corruption during the UPA's rule, and hence people have taken to the streets.”

Brinda Karat of the CPI(M) said Mr. Hazare's arrest was a “blatant assault” on the democratic rights of citizens. The Prime Minister's statement was adding to the fairy tale of the Home Minister, who said it was the Delhi Police who acted on their own. “The government is browbeating Anna Hazare, and the Prime Minister's statement is insensitive to the assault on civil society. The government is suffering from selective amnesia.”

In the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj dismissed the statement as a “bundle of lies,” alleging that the UPA government was not only corrupt but also repressive. “The lengthy statement conceals more than it reveals,” she said. Protection of civil rights was one of the most important principles in a democratic country.

Mulayam Singh of the Samajwadi Party termed the arrest “unconstitutional” and said the government would have to “apologise” for it.


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Mr.Singh, You are absolutely right. Parliament is for making the laws.No one else can do that. People have elected parliament and you. If you and the parliament try to foist ineffective laws on the country, people have the right to knock you guys on the head and order you to do your work properly.

from:  ST
Posted on: Aug 19, 2011 at 00:51 IST

MPs, MLAs and ministers are the pillars of corruption.How many of them were prosecuted.Take the cases of the CM of TN which is languishing in the Bangalore court for years. Another case reached the Supreme court only to end up in the acquittal of the accused.The cases against the ex CM of Karnataka who is involved dozens of scandals is also go Scot free.MPs framing the laws is like wolves guarding the flock of sheep.

from:  steel
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 22:05 IST

Magic stick is nothing but back bone. If our PM had it, then no need for any lokpal bill. Nobody should forget what is democracy. It is for the people, by the people AND NOT For the people, Buy the people.

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

There are some points in Jan Lokpal bill like the PM can be investigated. Its simply not possible, as it will hinder our Country stableness. The other points should be accepted by the GOVT as its really better and will outclass the corruption which we really need, but the inclusion of PM can't be done as this is the most twisted issue that one will support and the other will not. Also the true fact is most of the people didn't know about the points of Jan Lokpal and they are making it a game of politics rather than the anti corruption measures ;

from:  Abhinav
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 16:49 IST

Of course only the Parliament should be allowed to make the laws and Team Anna is not saying anything otherwise. But in any respectable REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY the elected representatives i.e. lawmakers LISTEN to the voices and aspirations of the people who elected them. They frame laws based on what their constituencies want, bearing in mind constitutionality etc. This is the crux of the problem in the US presently. Since when have Indian politicians actually LISTENED to the people? There's a difference between HEARING and LISTENING. In this case, the PM is alluding is HEARING. They HEAR, but choose not to LISTEN like spoilt children and adults. Perhaps these so-called elected representatives need to go back to school (oh! sorry, that needs to be fixed too), be taught basic definitions and tested before they should be allowed to stand in elections.

from:  Sriram
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 14:40 IST

Expecting the present crop of Congress MP's to frame an effective Lokpal bill is like expecting Lashkar-e-Toiba to frame anti-terror law, like expecting Osama Bin-Laden to feel guilty & weep over 9/11. Congress MP's are corrupt to the core that is why there was no opposition to Kalmadi, Maran, Raja etc from within Congress.

from:  Shaleen Mathur
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 13:56 IST

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,: We have been told the 'same old story' for the last 64 years as you are saying now. You are saying Parliament is the supreme place to make the law and to fulfill the requirements of the people. 1.If it is true, why the so called supreme Parliament is unable to alleviate the corruption(or even to introduce the proper Lokpal)? 2.Although MPs are elected by the people, are they really serving for the nation or people? Many are fulfilling their own wishes or the political parties are dictating the terms for their vested interest. We are seeing practically that even few good MPs/MLAs are unable to do any good thing, because of so called 'high commands, party decision, etc'. We have no faith in the MPs, that’s why Mr. Anna Hazare & Team is gaining grounds. 3. If Congress, BJP & other parties ruled the nation properly, then why the PM is required to answer to Mr.Anna Hazare & Team? 4.Our current Parliament system is not serving for the people needs. It should be changed, people should elect our PM directly also (not through MPs), the whole election system/process to be reevaluated to fulfill the people requirements. 5. We believe you are Mr.Clean, but that is not enough. You must the lead India as per the people’s wish and not as per somebody’s interest. If you are not able (allowed) to lead, you should resign in the next minute. That's the great service to our nation. 6.Our law & system should be capable enough to punish the corrupt people within the time frame and all the swindled monies are should brought into the government account. Then only the corruption should be minimized much, developments can occur as per the people (government) wish, people living standard can be improved, officials will be scared to do the wrong things, etc . Do you have that wish to strive for Mr.PM? Can you able to move in that direction? Can we able to see some light rays?

from:  Vasu
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 13:43 IST

Then what is NAC? Which is drafting laws for UPA and UPA ministers/parliment members can not dare to oppose it or even suggest amendments? is this a another parliament?

from:  D S Bhatti
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 12:42 IST

True, Parliament alone can make laws! But when the lawmakers - the parliamentarians - shy away, 'aam aadmi' takes on that responsibility.

from:  Murugaraj
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 12:26 IST

The people of this country know about the supremacy of Parliament in drafting and making laws. But they also know that they can if they so desire legitimately demand that a particular legislation, which they consider should be on the statute, be enacted by parliament. For this purpose if they submit a draft bill to the government and persuade it through non-violent methods to present it to the parliament for consideration, it is not tantamount to disrespecting the parliament. After all the members of parliament are the agents of the people chosen by them democratically to legislate on their behalf and therefore the people have the right to brief these agents on what they think the agents should do. If these agents ignore the brief it will be to their peril in the long run. The Prime Minister should know that the advisers of Anna Hazare are intelligent and knowledgeable people who do not need any lessons from him on the working of a democracy and the laws of the land.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 12:20 IST

Our honourable Prime Minister always talks about what should be done rather than what is being done whenever he reflects on serious issues confronting the nation like corruption. He has, on numerous occasions, reiterated the commitment of his government to tackling the present day scourge but hardly given any pragmatic road-map that would convince the people about his intentions. Team Anna certainly cannot dictate terms to an elected government on how a particular bill should be like but those responsible for the job, appear least interested to shape a bill to the satisfaction of most of us and the PM, powerless to make his voice heard.

from:  Mukul Kanti Dutta
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 12:08 IST

No Mr.Singh, your argument is wrong, Law making can also be done inviting cross section of people, with peoples participation. Parliament can discuss and pass the law. Grow up, constitution is supreme. And constitution is not cast in stone, it has been amended and should be amended as democracy evolves.

from:  Bhavya
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 12:01 IST

Manmohan Singh's stress on supremacy of Parliament to face Anna Hazare's agitation is visibly an attempt to create a smoke-screen of confusion among the people. The truth is that Hazare or, for that matter, anyone else has not doubted the "sole prerogative of Parliament to make laws". It is the Prime Minister who is misconceived when he says that "the path chosen by Mr.Hazare is totally misconceived". Hazare has no intention to "impose his draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill upon Parliament". The civil society only wants the Bill to be an effective tool in, at least, reducing the level of corruption at the highest echelons of power. It is for the Government to arrive at a draft bill satisfying the above condition in consultation with the Opposition, different political parties, other organisations, the civil society and individuals, the government deem necessary. Also, the Prime Minister should realise that 'the prerogative of Parliament to make laws' is closely bound with the subject, timings and effectiveness of legislation which should be in conformity with the need and will of the people. The power acquired by the House is only to the above extent and does not make a Parliament Almighty. Whenever the Parliament fails, people have the absolute right to agitate. In the present case, there is concerted attempt to suppress the peaceful protests by Hazare. There is also lack of legislation to clarify the rights of voters and to empower them. Thus the people's agitations are the Parliament's own making.

from:  P.R.V.Raja
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 11:48 IST

Parliament is a system due to our practical inefficiency to partake all citizens in a country in law-forming process. So they (people) send their representatives. Then the SUPREME IS NOT PARLIAMENT, BUT PEOPLE. If there any possibility to make participate all people in law-enacting process, that's the adviceable mode, not the parliamentary mode!!

from:  Christo Chiramukhathu
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 11:22 IST

Either Dr.M M Singh is confused or trying to confuse others, even a common man knows that only Parliament can make laws, what we are trying to tell M M Singh is listen to what people are saying and heed to their will, afterall we voted for you just to do what we want and what is better for the nation, not what you want or what your fellow corrupt politicians want. Whether the Parliament likes it or not an ultimatum has already been served by the people of India.

from:  Xavier surender
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 10:59 IST

Our PM can say sorry for misdeeds of his ministers, politicians keep on blaming each other endlessly for the present state of our country, political parties think it is their birth right to come in power by any means, corrupt corporates plead that they are victims of corruption, bureaucrats take bribe without fear and our LAW takes light years, gets lost in eternity. Parliament is responsible to make LAW, who is responsible to IMPLEMENT and ensure PROPER LAWS are made ?

from:  Kailesh Rajdev
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 10:53 IST

The PM is right. Our parliament is supreme and it alone can legislate. Who has made Anna the spokesperson for the entire country? Nobody should hold the whole country and its supreme institutions to ransom however noble their ideals are. Think of a situation where the PM threatens to fast unto death with the demand that 'his' version of the bill be passed.

from:  Thomas Vech
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 10:34 IST

If our honorary PM says that it is the Parliament that is 'supposed to' make laws and not the civil society, then there are many 'supposed to's that the same parliament should have followed, starting from eradicating the basic problems of the nation (ideally) to (atleast) not getting involved in corruption to such distressing levels. Our parliament losing its right to make laws to the civil society is but a natural outcome of not having performed its basic duties properly.

from:  Anoop R Katti
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 10:30 IST

I beg to differ in this regard. Draft can be prepared by anybody who should know about the details. Then the same can be placed in the Parliament for necessary validation and approval. TRUTH MUST PREVAIL AT ANY COST. I have due respect to you and your sincereity.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 10:22 IST

It is true that Parliament only can make laws. Why not discussion on both drafts at appropriate forum in parliament before fianlising the draft Lokpal Bill? Why govt is avoiding presenting Jan Lokpal Bill? This creates doubt in the mind of people about govt intention.

from:  S S Prasadyadav
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 10:16 IST

Nobody is contesting who will be responsible for framing laws and everyone agrees that it is Parliment. However, when laws are brought in to Parliment that have no substance nor is done with consultation with People of country, we have no option but to protest. We disagree when the PM says the elected MP represents people's voice because once elected they don't even come to their contituency and ask for any opinion and there is no mechanism today for gathering people's opinion. The MP's don't have much of a choice but tread the party line and they go all out to defend whether it is right or wrong.

from:  Satish
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 10:06 IST

It is incredible that the media and others in favour of Anna Hazare are hell bent on demonising the current govt. What nobody cares to think about is that corruption is endemic in the country. It's the people have condoned corruption by paying bribes for self serving needs. We already have the mechanisms to fight this malaise. These have to be strengthened and not saddle our existing system with a supernumerary setup that will be equally susceptible to the same disease.

from:  Khan Md Ashraf
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 09:55 IST

Anna Hazare or nobody for that matter would want a Jan Lokpal in the first place, if the politicians stop looting the nation. And, it is pretty much transparent that the UPA government has been a silent supporter of corrupted politicians. If CAG had not discovered the Spectrum scandal, the Prime Minister and the Congress party would have continued to remain silent even to this day!

from:  murali sampath
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 09:31 IST

Consititution is for the people,by the people and to the people. If Majority of the people support Jan Lokpal why can't the Governement accept it ?I think Anna's Team has discovered and showed a new way to interfere in the parliament affairs, because of the huge support they are gaining. But Politicians are afraid of the new path and are digging themselves their grave.

from:  Gopal
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 09:28 IST

On this count, there can be no two different views.The Law Makers alone can make the Law. Everyone, including the opposition, want is give liberty to the "Electorate", to express their views, which may be acceptable or otherwise.After all, the Law Makers cannot suppress the voice of their own Makers, who are the Electorate.

from:  M.V.Muthu
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 08:57 IST

Yes Parliament alone can make the Law. Parliament is supreme in this. But every citizen has the right to put forward one's suggestion. Parliament members, Civil Society can work together to create a strong Lok Pal bill to stop corruption. The awareness can be built up through fast, rallies, morchars etc. Let us all work together to put an end to corruption in India.

from:  Thomas Kocherry
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 08:46 IST

Ofcourse we agree to your statement, but things are going beyond the controll. We (People of India) mandate as our representative to the Parliment but when elected persons manuplate & indulge in corruption practise, favoring family related business, treatening of using power, misguiding, etc. has lead to currect sitution, people want to overpower if govt show restrictions. already bursted so need appropriate action.

from:  vivek
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 08:43 IST

Mr. Prime Minister, Anna and his followers are not saying that they will make the law...they are urging THE PARLIAMENT to make a strong law. This has become necessary because you being a judge in your own cause will never enact something that will nail your sins.

from:  Neetika
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 07:58 IST

Honorable Prime Minister, every citizen has the right to peaceful protest to advocate their point of view. Police's right to put conditions on such protests is not absolute. The conditions have to be reasonable and consistent with the constitution and democratic principles. Restricting the protest to a limited time period or restricting the size of the gathering are not reasonable nor consistent with the democratic principles. Mr. Prime Minister, when are you going to take a principled stand and lead. The Jan Lokpal bill is one of the many tools to be used to fight corruption. So why not take the first step and have a strong Lokpal bill?

from:  Appa Madiwale
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 07:30 IST

Honorable prime minister, Anna is not making the law. The movement is bringing pressure on your government by their protest so that your government will table a bill that is strong. Ultimately parliament will pass the bill. There is no usurping the powers of the parliament. Citizens have every right to bring pressure to bear upon the government with peaceful protests. That is DEMOCRACY, not high handed tactics and hiding behind legalese and Delhi police skirts.

from:  Appa Madiwale
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 07:22 IST

i agree with the parliament supremacy, but the members of the parliament are elected by the people to listen to the people's opinion, suggestions and requests. They are not supposed to make laws for their own benefit. After seeing all the scams under the prime minister's nose and the kind of statements that he is making about the Jan Lokpal only questions will be raised on his honesty and integrity.In 50+ years of congress rule all we get to see are scams after scams.. I am not telling that other are better either.

from:  Pradeep
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 07:17 IST

I dont encourage Lok Pal. I dont believe in a 10 member council can control the entire corruption in india. By giving extra ordinary powers to certain people or a group it will lead india to a wrong direction. India is not a communist country. Those who initiate such a controversy, could always become a political party that commits on anti-corruption instead always accusing governments. Corruption is not something that government officials perform. It is the public who elect/allow corrupt politicians for their own advantages. If every Indian take an oath that I will not give any form of money or gifts to get my works done, whether it is just buying things or opening companies. Even an uneducated person somewhere in india goes to movie theatre and see HouseFull board, and pays extra money to get the ticket in blackmarket. This will never stop until people who are ready to offer, STOPS and understand what they are doing. No Law can be successful if the one who paid money denies it.

from:  Jayaprakash Narayanan
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 07:11 IST

While I agree with Mr. Hazare' rights to protest, I feel the ultimate authority for framing any bill rest with the parliament. This is a democracy and the parliament is representative of the people who elect its members. Lets not get emotional and carried away with what is happening around the world. I think Mr. Bhushan's call for Govt. staff to go on mass leave is outright willful instigation and smacks of opportunism. What gives them the right to think they are speaking on behalf of all citizens? Even though they may have good intentions, I firmly think everyone is trying to become a spokesperson for the whole of the country. Hello! that is why we have elections and a parliament and a representative democracy. If you do not like how the country is being run, why not form a party and run for elections and let the people decide. The citizens deserve more respect, than the ego's of people who make themselves thier spokesperson.

from:  Marc Smith
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 07:02 IST

After seeing the magnitude of Shree Hazare's previous protest in April 2011, the government asked him to appoint 5 members who will 'frame' the anti-corruption bill with the government. When those people realized that they and the nation were being fooled they began protesting, which the government 'tried its best' to stop. The nation understands that Parliament is supreme, but what if the 'right' draft is not only sent to the Parliament by the government. We all know that the draft prepared by the 'Civil Society' members was not even allowed to REACH the parliament. The people of this country have the RIGHT to raise their voices whenever required.

from:  Lakshay
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 06:43 IST

If the PM is so interested in bringing an end to corruption why is he not incorporating some of the clauses drafted by the civil society to give the Lokpal Bill some teeth instead of making it toothless?Afterall didn't his Government agree to a joint LokpalBill draft with the 5 members of the civil society?Why does he not also present the Jan Lokpal Bill to the Parliament and debate those points of difference and give reasons as to why it will be difficult to adopt these?If someone is really interested in cleaning the system won't he agree to stringent provisions to catch and punish the guilty? Obviously the PM doesn't and therefore all these red herrings!

from:  Dilip Mahanty
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 06:16 IST

One thing that bothers me is - we have had opposition figures, former legal stalwarts, IPS officers and a host of academicians speak on his issue, yet not once has there been a call for a movement to try to gather support for the introduction of a referendum in the Indian legal system. With that provision, many thorny issues would be resolved in a transparent, legal manner without having to take recourse to protests and hunger strikes. I do not know why no-one is offering this suggestion. Perhaps someone with the requisite legal background could clarify?

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 05:46 IST

I agree with the PM.Anna is missing the wood for the trees.His fast and protest is a distraction from the real problem and the required solution.What is required is the courage to remove the rotten apples from the system, not new laws.

from:  Grenville
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 05:41 IST

So what it was waiting for in last 64 years ???????

from:  Sam
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 05:40 IST

No-one is saying that from now on anyone with a strong stomach will start fasting and enact laws. That isn't the principle of Hazareji's movement. He wishes a strong Bill presented to P'ment alongwith the Govt's version. Then both will be put to vote and then it will be seen which has the numerical superiority. The PM's statement is another indicator of the fact that the Govt is trying to stall the Bill even now, since having agreed to release Annaji and given him the go-ahead to protest, it can play the part of wronged non-agressor and yet stall introduction of Annaji's stronger Bill.
However there is a very strange thing here. The entire opposition has been talking of rallies and "exposing" the Govt, yet none of them has talked about introducing Annaji's Bill as a private Bill. As far as I know, this can be done whereby Annaji's Bill will be produced verbatim in the P'ment.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 05:39 IST

It is as good as saying that for a period of five years we are the kings and we can ignore your sentiments and mode of expressions. Nobody questioned the right of parliament to make laws but can it prevent people from protesting against the mode and manner it is sought to be done, now itself than violate the law later or does it give full protection for parliamentarians pass law as they want it because of long lease of 5 years life given to them. Transparency in every deal and act is the need of present day society conditions when corruption is rampant and under guise of protection prolong the matter beyond the memory of man to hide misdeeds.

from:  Rammohan
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 04:32 IST

In true democracy,Members of Parliament and/or Assemblies are elected by the people but not by the parliament.Without people there is neither parliament nor it's members. That means people are the supreme but not the parliament.These members are expected to work for the welfare of country and people. In stead of, they are busy in looting the very poor people who elected them.The people of all walks of life are fed up with rampant corruption starting from getting a birth certificate to death certificate. The poor people of this country are asking for a very little in the form of effective Jan Lokpal Bill to get a little of relief from the ever increasing corruption due to the misdeeds of greedy MPs/MLAs, bureaucrats, businessmen etc. Nothing will happen to the prestige of parliament if a Jan Lokpal Bill of the version of enlightened members of the Civil Society of country is made. Anyhow there is no any prestige left with the parliament by the corrupt and criminal MPs.

from:  ms
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 02:53 IST

Parliament can be supreme among all constitutional institutions but NO parliament in a democracy can be supreme to its Own People as it consists only of Representatives of people and no Representative can be supreme to the very people who select him. Also constitutionally, they are public servant then how can a servant (member of parliament) be superior to its master (public)???

from:  Dhiraj Kumar garg
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 01:13 IST

What Dr Manmohan Singh says is true that parliament is supreme. I agree as a citizen of India. BUT Dr Manmohan Singh and his govt has failed to understand the gravity of the corruption problem in India. Hence I salute a leader such as Sri Anna Hazare who has taken on the role of resolving an issue that is more than 50 years. It is high time that the timid PM take on the problem headon. Dr Singh you have the opportunity, pl do not squander it.

from:  Vivek Sekhar
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 00:28 IST

With all due respect to Anna, I think what PM says makes sense. The anger and disgust of people of India over recent scams are being channelised into doing something completely undemocratic. The coercive imposition of Janlok pal bill from outside the Parliament will open a potentially dangerous road to future chaos. For one thing, not everyone believes in the Civil Society in its current form. Put aside sympathy for Anna and his cause, not all are willing to allow Team Anna arrogate itself the right to enact laws. If it is indeed a will of all the people then it better be coming through the mandate by due election process. Fundamental democratic structure and process should not be compromised. Second, even those willing to allow Anna to go ahead with his bill are not sure that this is indeed the right bill!
To summarise, Indian democracy is under two pronged attack.One,Govt repression of a legitimate dissent. Second, rather subtle attack, is from Team Anna to impose their bill.

from:  amal
Posted on: Aug 18, 2011 at 00:17 IST
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