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Parties can study drafts: Hazare

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Anna Hazare said on Friday that civil society members would ask the leader of all parties their views on the drafts and how to go about eradicating corruption in our society. File Photo
The Hindu Anna Hazare said on Friday that civil society members would ask the leader of all parties their views on the drafts and how to go about eradicating corruption in our society. File Photo

As civil society members led by him reached out to political parties and met senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani, Anna Hazare on Friday rejected Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal's criticism that he was seeking to create a “parallel government” through Jan Lokpal bill without accountability and flouting the basic structure of the Constitution.

Having kept political leaders at arm's length during the stir over a strong anti-corruption watchdog, Mr. Hazare said the civil society would elicit views of all parties on the drafts prepared by them and the government representatives and discuss how to stamp out corruption.

“We will ask them [political parties] to study the two drafts and let us know if they find anything that is against Constitution in our draft. We would like to know if our draft is an attempt at forming a parallel government,” Mr. Hazare told PTI over the phone.

“We will meet them and tell them to decide after reading the draft, so that no one says that they were not shown the draft. Civil society members, including myself, will meet chiefs and leaders of various parties and will also tour some States. I am at my village for a couple of days in connection with court work,” he said.

Mr. Hazare maintained that he was always open to discussions to remove the hurdles in the draft bill.

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Union minister's confused tumult and uttering about parallel Government without accountability, Constitution and other big phrases show their ignorance about Indian constitution and it's Third Schedule. If they would have known and understood properly they would not have put their signature in all these mega scams which caused lakhs of crore Rs loss for the country. Some of the so-called defenders of constitution are now in jail. No wonder the western press writing articles about Indian parliament telling that some 154 sitting MPs are having criminal proceeding running parallel. Even though it is too late, first UPA-2 should do their home-work; pass necessary laws that only genuine and honest people can get into this Parliament (I have a vague remembrance once Supreme Court instructed the EC but our honest parliamentarians repealed the motion). Secondly, the present condition in India that every second citizen is under the BPL shows that the ministers, MPs and their bureaucrats not understood the real meaning of the Article 39 of the constitution. Just imagine India is an emerging big global power in economics and scientifically, but in corruption India is leading according to the Transparency International. The politicians and their bureaucrats should remember now they may have some benefits through corruption but the sufferers will be their own grand and grand-grand children.
In the last world economic crisis, Iceland became bankrupt so they requested the people to draft a new constitution. This shows that people's sovereignty has the highest value in a democratic and transparent society. Lokpal bill drafted by civil society is having some teeth and checks. The union minister's version is not only keeping the existing condition but making it even worse by imposing heavy fines Rs. 25,000 onwards targeting whistle-blowers and the citizens those who dare complain against the menace.

from:  Somasundaram
Posted on: Jun 25, 2011 at 01:33 IST
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