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Updated: December 3, 2011 01:23 IST

Rahul may be behind it, says Anna

Amruta Byatnal
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Social activist Anna Hazare during a press conference in Ralegan Siddhi. He alleged that Rahul Gandhi instructed the Standing Committee not to include Group C and D employees in the Lokpal Bill. File photo
PTI Social activist Anna Hazare during a press conference in Ralegan Siddhi. He alleged that Rahul Gandhi instructed the Standing Committee not to include Group C and D employees in the Lokpal Bill. File photo

The Parliamentary Standing Committee's decision to exclude the lower bureaucracy from the ambit of the Lokpal Bill came after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's intervention, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare alleged on Friday.

At a press conference in his native town of Ralegan Siddhi, he said the government was lacking in coordination. “The government works as per the instructions of Rahul Gandhi. I think that after the earlier decision was taken, he instructed them not to include Class 3 and 4 employees under the Lokpal.”

Asked whether he had any evidence to prove Mr. Gandhi's intervention, he said: “This is my guess. There cannot be any smoke without fire.”

“The corruption affecting the poor will come down only when the Class 3 and 4 employees, with whom the poor have to interact, are brought within the Lokpal. Corrupt politicians work hand in glove with these employees. How will the poor get justice? If the government does not include these categories of employees under the Lokpal, the public will teach [it] a lesson,” he said.

Mr. Hazare reiterated that the Standing committee's U-turn amounted to betrayal of the “promise” given by the Prime Minister, and Parliament's resolution. “In his letter to me, the Prime Minister says he agrees with me fully on bringing in a strong Lokpal Bill. He says we have the same objective, but there might be some differences over the way of achieving the goal. But if he had agreed with the … inclusion of the citizens' charter and the lower bureaucracy in the Lokpal and … a Lokayukta Act for the States, what is the need to go back on the decision?”

However, Mr. Hazare agreed with Mr. Gandhi's earlier proposal to make the Lokpal a constitutional body. “But it should be protected from government interference.”

‘FDI debate'

Mr. Hazare said the government was delaying the debate on its decision to allow foreign equity in retail to avoid passing the Lokpal Bill. The government had no will to take decisions; this was the reason for the impasse in Parliament for nine days.

Asked whether the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is opposing the decision, was responsible for the logjam, he said: “Why are you blaming the BJP for this?”

Fast from December 27

Mr. Hazare said he would observe an eight-day fast on the Ramlila Maidan from December 27. Thereafter, he would tour the poll-bound States of Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Punjab and Uttarakhand and tell the people that the government had no will or inclination to pass the Lokpal Bill. “If something happens to me in the fast, it will be a blot on this government,” he said.

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Anna's suspicion may have arisen from the 'game-changer' tactics of Rahul Gandhi. Remember Mr. Gandhi tried it last time in the midst of seasoned politicians in the Parliament to snatch the initiative and limelight, when Anna's fast had reached a rousing climax, with the whole Parliament compelled to listen to his and therefore the people's 'voice'. Actually, the Group 'C' employees of the Government are the real 'frontmen' and even 'henchmen' of the corrupt bureaucrats and their Godman politicians. The Group 'C' of course does get a share of the systematic loot from the citizen.

from:  Sanjay Tirdiya
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 19:51 IST

If class c & d employs are excluded from lokpal bill view that it is
very difficult for a common man to understand what govt ment by a
strong lokpal and what will be use of lokpal and this bill will target
where to reduce the corruption we must always remember that to clean a
flight of stairs we have to start from top.excluding judiciary,class c &
d employs from perspective of this bill will make this bill same as land
reform bill.a bill of loopholes.

from:  moti ur rahmsn
Posted on: Dec 4, 2011 at 02:05 IST

Anna is correct. Pappu meddles in everything. Remember during Anna's August protest fast how Pappu intervened in a discussion in Parliament without giving notice? He has to protect the family fortune in swiss accounts. So Pappu will do everything to scuttle people's movement.

from:  Anand Kumar
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 15:47 IST

Till date team Anna said the Politicians and bureaucrats were corrupt and the juniors had to go by their orders. Now he says Group C & D are the corrupt so they should also be included. He never talk of NGO's who get all benefits from the Govt. and send smokes to make it a big fire.

from:  RAMJI
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 12:52 IST

Who is voting the born to rule leaders and families. Public awareness on corrupt individuals is the need of the hour to take the message to Aam Adhmi. We Indians always busy slogging for self improvement. We need sacrificing individuals more and more across India.

from:  SK
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 12:37 IST

Annaji is right.The lower rung staff acts as a conduit for the corrupt politicians. He is right in calling to include class iii& iv employees also under lokpal bill.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 12:00 IST

Every popular decision of our P. M. was diluted by Mr. Rahul, just to show who is the boss ? We elected this UPA II to power, just because of the reputation of the P.M and Mr. Rahul was not a Prime Ministerial candidate. Its very difficult for us to understand, why this P. M is keeping quiet on policy matters.I feel he is all alone and nobody in party listen to him.

from:  Suresh
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 12:00 IST

Anna makes news everyday. For a long time, i stopped watching TV channels since they were feeding us with too many images of Anna and his ilk. Through out Anna episode, one of the news papers consistently dared to critique Anna was INDIAN EXPRESS with good analysis. all other news channels and print media makes too much of Anna. Anna makes a guess work and it becomes national news depriving us with news which really matters. i wonder how long the media's love affair with Anna will last?

from:  Jothi Xavier
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 11:30 IST

Not including lower bureaucracy under the Lokpal, It is a clear intention Congress is fighting with Anna. Congress is not taking Lokpal bill as Peoples' Bill. What Congress intends is that Anna should not win his Fight with corruption. We, the people, are with Anna Ji. Anna knows poor people problem. Congress also know poor people problem. But Congress wants if this lower bureaucracy included in Lokpal, then its our WIN or can say Anna WIN.. which congress doesn't want at all...The Congress' nature is clear that he is not fighting with corruption, he is fighting with Anna ambition and wants to break it, which is not going to happen.

from:  Rohit Kumar
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 11:28 IST

Annaji has concluded correctly as these lower employees help the elction outcome at grassroot level.Rahul Gandhi has assesed from his elctoral interests.

from:  Atis
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 11:08 IST

OUR COUNTRY WILL COME THRO' THIS ONLY BY MAKING EFFORTS TO MAKE OUR
LEADERS & THE EXECUTIVE OF THE GOVT ACCOUNTABLE - TO THE PEOPLE & NOT
TO THE MP'S AND MLA'S. UNFORTUNATELY THEY ARE ACCOUNTING THE
COLLECTIONS DAILY TO THESE RASCALS.

I FELL THIS IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY WHICH OUR GOVT MAY GET FOR SETTING
RIGHT THE GOVERNANCE & CORRUPTION ISSUES - BY BRINGING STRONG LOKPAL.

IF THIS OPPORTUNITY IS LOST THEN THE PRICE TO PAY FOR GETTING A GOOD
GOVERNANCE & CORRUPTION FREE EXECUTIVE WILL BE VERY HIGH.

from:  Venkatramani
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 10:20 IST

A cacophony of voices for and against it,laced with mudslinging from all sides including the media, do not make an informed discussion on the Lokpal issue. Corruption is so deep-rooted in our country that it will require a gigantic concerted effort by all cocerned to uproot it. One doesn't see any signs of such an effort today. It seems to be beyond the ability of our fragmented political system, bereft of any morally sound ideology and largely built around some born-to-rule supreme leaders and their families. Unfortunately the people of this country seem to have mortgaged their voices to these supreme leaders. Probably the people are getting what they deserve!

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 09:08 IST

This is not a democracy. These political leaders want only the vote of people and then they don`want to take the people in confidence for making laws. Because they want to pass law for their benefits. Democracy should be like this that the political leaders always take the people in confidence for any new law. It means that the political leaders should always be in touch with their voters online to know about their opinion about new laws and then open discussion in parliament and then pass a law. Don`t behave like authoritarian Kings. As long as the behaviour of the political class does not change there will be resentment. Don`t behave as if the country and the people of India has been hijacked by political, and elite class.

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 09:01 IST

It is true in India with about 30% of the population poor ,they have the maximum interaction at lower level officials. They tend to suffer maximum . Therefore it is important every one should be booked for corruption. I believe enforcement is more important than legislation as we have plethora of laws which are never enforced. The media like The Hindu and the elite favours bail rather than jail when it comes to Kanimozhis and corporate honchos. No one talks about the multitudes of poor languising in jail with no sign of trial. Incorrigible India!

from:  R Swaminathan
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 08:49 IST

The govt. must stick to its committment and fall in line with Anna Hazare to curb menace of corruption by introducing the Best Lokpal bill which would help 'Aam Admi'a great deal. Rahul can be sure to become PM if not today, tomorrow after he got fully acquainted with the 'style' of functioning of civil servants, tricky / sincere political collegues and best governance norms so that poverty and illiteracy are eliminated in India. Rahul has the legacy advantage of his father who worked with utmost sincerity with IA and used to attend Met. briefing like a thorough professional Pilot embeded with dignity,courtesy and simplicity but not as the darling son of high thinker PM Indiraji. That is what the Prime Ministerial stuff is all about which most Indians are proud of.Let's do the best,my countrymen!

from:  Vyas Kavindra S
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 07:58 IST

Hazare is obviously unaware of the purpose and functions of Parliament. His ignorance is clear from the fact that he has not allowed elections in his hallowed village for years. He thinks that the BJP which sees obstruction of normal procedure as a procedure in itself is doing its duty. Someone should inform him about debate and voting procedures. I also suspect that his anti-Rahul Gandhi comments and his condoning of the gross excesses of the BJP, shows a bias towards BJP policies as many people have often commented.

from:  George Kurian
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 06:51 IST

The bottomline is no politician wants a strong Lok Pal. This includes BJP & others in the opposition of the UPA.They all want to hood wink people of India by stalling the proceedings of the parliament ( 9 days in continuity) by bringing adjournment under some rule for voting . They very well know government will not agree to sort of permanent adjournments.No parliament-no bills so wait for another session. The Anna team has understood this but is helpless, the only answer is ballot box.

from:  vijoy
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 06:38 IST

Corruption always trickles from top. It is the politicians who are making the country corrupt, not class 3 or class 4 employees.

from:  Jack Johnson
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 06:28 IST

Anna is right, curruption starts from the root level which is where the Aam Aadmi is affected maximum hence that level should come under the ambit of Lokpal.Anna's life is precious he should not go on fasting instead he should go on Yatra like other leaders to appraise the mass.

from:  Bala
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 06:20 IST

Anna Hazare and the Anti-corruption Movement: With every pronouncement he makes Mr. Anna Hazare is proving how incapable he is to lead such an important movement. Like every third rate politician in the country he makes accusations against people without any evidence ('Rajiv behind it'); like any petty-minded man on the street he gloats when his enemy is attacked (his remark on hearing Mr. Pawar being slapped). There is no Gandhian spirit of non-violence and objective quest for truth in this self-proclaimed Gandhian. Moreover his political leaning towards BJP is coming to the fore in his over-enthusiasm to defend that party. Those who rallied behind him believing him to be a man of steel feel cheated as he turns out to be a man of straw.

from:  Rafa
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 02:27 IST

Annaji is giving too much of importance to Rahul. Rahul Gandhi in all his wisdom cannot understand the classification of Government employees. At best he has a fair idea about the higher echelons of the Indian Bueraucracy. I am sure anything below the Secretary level would draw a blank from him.

from:  Mani Sandilya
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 00:47 IST

class 3 and 4 employees are the fishing nets of these corrupt politicians that's why they dont want to include them...the beginning of anti corruption should begin from class 2,3,4 employees so that the top level people don't expect anything except quality work from these people(class 2,3,4 employees)

from:  manjunath
Posted on: Dec 3, 2011 at 00:27 IST

why the issue of FDI is so much raised? i think its consent will benefit india as it does to the united states and china

from:  chakradhar patel
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 23:12 IST

one thing is for sure that neither govt nor any opposition party is in favour of national interests . all political parties are looking for how to remain in power or how to come back to power and based on this they formulate policies. whether its Lokpal,Fdi, Division of U.P and Long stays over execution of terrorists who are on death row for waging a war over india. some times i doubt that a nation that has so many troubles in their political system can ever give a hard compition like china to other current world powers. parliament is not working for nine consecutive days depicts no party is sincere. i think real indians should come out on streets and ask question these parliamentarians. in todays world when USA is sending rovers to MARS we are still depending on these selfish political parties. our M.Ps dont have time for discussing root issues and i wonder when they will find time to talk on funding of technological issues. looks annaji is right on many of his points.

from:  sharmaRX
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 22:38 IST

Whether there is a direct or indirect interference or not by Rahul Gandhi behind the standing committee's decision to exclude Class III and Class IV employees, to any dispassionate observer, it would appear that the standing committee is not independent as it is expected to be , but is remote controlled.If Class III and ClassIV employees are brought under a strong Lokpal, it will go a long way in eliminating corruption in this segment and considerably reduce scope for corruption at the higher levels also, because a vast majority of Class III and Class IV employees also act as pipelines to the top level officials in the bureacracy who in turn act as pipelines to powerful politicians.That is the reason why Anna wants inclusion of these groups of employees and the standing committee wants to exclude them, as an afterthought. As the common man faces daily problems in tackling the lower level government employees their inclusion under the Lokpal is an immediate national necessity.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 22:23 IST

Whether there is a direct or indirect interference or not by Rahul Gandhi behind the standing committee's decision to exclude Class III and Class IV employees, to any dispassionate observer, it would appear that the standing committee is not independent as it is expected to be , but is remote controlled.If Class III and ClassIV employees are brought under a strong Lokpal, it will go a long way in eleiminating corruption in this segment and considerably reduce scope for corruption at the higher levels also, because a vast majority of Class III and Class IV employees also act as pipelines to the top level officials in the bureacracy who in turn act a pipeline to powerful politicians.That is the reason why Anna wants inclusion of these groups of employees and the standing committee wants to exclude them, as an afterthought. As the common man faces daily problems in tackling the lower level government employees their inclusion under the Lokpal is an immediate national necessity.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 22:20 IST

The public reading through media reports on the logjam in the Parliament must be a confused lot. On the one hand, the PM appears to assure that the Government he runs is keen to eradicate corruption.On the other hand he appears to have missed the bus in not ensuring that the Lokpal bill is first taken up for the debate and instead moved in the FDI issue. Hence the good intention originally created appears to have busted and thus has created a suspicion in the minds of lay men in this country. This mis management has hurt the ruling party the most as it turned their close allies into disarray and oppose the Government's move in FDI. Was this necessary?

Adding fuel to the fire the Government appear to have angered Anna by
making last minute changes in the Lokpal draft bill by excluding class
2, 3 and 4 employees, who hurt the poorest of the poor in this country
in terms of corruption. This again will not jell with the public.
Quick fix indeed need necessary.

from:  Raghavan
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 21:53 IST

he is absolutely right

from:  balvinder
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 20:59 IST

anna ji is a common man now. he thinks. leader of his stature should have solid proof not guess/think/imagine. it shows his inherent dislike towards rahul etc. it shold not be that way.and he is so naive, mere bringing a bill will change indian man's attitude-no way. we are not easy to be ruled. we are quarrelsome, greedy, misunderstand the meaning of money, unclean dirty human beings thousands of anna ji s can't change us.

from:  lakshmi
Posted on: Dec 2, 2011 at 20:58 IST
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