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Hazare's movement has critics too

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Two forums say the Jan Lokpal Bill won't mitigate corruption

Against the flow: Members of the Dalit Sangharsh Samiti and the Samata Sainik Dal staging a protest in Hassan on Tuesday.
Against the flow: Members of the Dalit Sangharsh Samiti and the Samata Sainik Dal staging a protest in Hassan on Tuesday.

Social activist Anna Hazare may have millions supporting his proposed Jan Lokpal Bill, but the Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (DSS) and the Samata Sainik Dal beg to differ.

The two organisations staged a dharna in front of the Ambedkar statue here on Tuesday and raised slogans against the Jan Lokpal Bill in the format proposed by Mr. Hazare and his team.

The protesters refused to subscribe to the argument that the proposed Bill would mitigate corruption. Instead, they said, the proposed system of Lokpal might enhance corruption.

Artist and active DSS member K.T. Shivaprasad said the proposed Bill aimed at creating one more power centre. “The more the number of power centres, the higher the rate of corruption. Team Anna is spreading the misconception that corruption can be eradicated through this Bill,” he said.

Mr. Shivaprasad said the team was focussing only on corruption that involved money. According to him, there were various kinds of corruption, including ill-treatment of the downtrodden. Those who took part in Mr. Hazare's protests never bothered to address such issues, he said.

In the press release, the organisations alleged that Mr. Hazare's protests lacked farsightedness. The intent of the team was against the basic principles of the Constitution.

The protesters wanted that the Bill be redrafted to bring non-governmental organisations and private companies within the ambit of the Lokpal. While they were in favour of bringing the Prime Minister under the scope of the Bill, the protesters wanted the judiciary out of the Lokpal.


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