BJP attacks Anna over inclusion of Bhushan father-son in panel

BJP attacked Anna Hazare for agreeing to include the father and son duo of Shashi Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan in the committee to draft an effective Lok Pal Bill.

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 21:00 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Monday attacked Anna Hazare
for agreeing to include the father and son duo of Shashi
Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan in the committee to draft an
effective Lok Pal Bill and questioned whether exclusion of a
representative of opposition was good for democracy.

"Anna accepted father and son duo. Included
pro-Maoists… had govt nominees… yet none from opposition taken in committee”.

"Turning opposition untouchable is not good for Anna`s
democratic movement," BJP spokesman Tarun Vijay said in a
twitter posting.

Earlier, however, Vijay had termed government
conceding to Hazare`s demands as a victory of nation`s collective
conscience.

"A victory for nation`s collective conscience. Just
the beginning," Vijay had said in a previous tweet.

Noted lawyer Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant
Bhusan were included in the Lokpal Bill drafting committee
which has a total of 10 members including five from the
government.

Baba Ramdev, who had joined the agitation, had also
objected to the inclusion of the Bhushans in the committee,
alleging it showed nepotism.

Hazare had brushed aside the criticism on inclusion of
father-son duo and virtually ruled out any change in the
nominees, saying the focus is on having an effective
anti-graft measure.

The Government on Friday had agreed to constitute a
10-member Joint Committee, including civil society members to
draft a stronger Lokpal Bill.

The veteran activist broke his 98-hour-long fast on
Saturday morning after the government issued a notification
announcing setting up of the committee to draft an effective
Lokpal Bill.

The committee 10-member committee does not have any
representative from the opposition parties.

PTI