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Cong welcomes Hazare ending fast

Welcoming the end to Gandhian Anna Hazare`s five-day fast over the Lokpal Bill issue, Congress Saturday said it was looking forward to discussions on the draft for an effective anti-corruption bill.



New Delhi: Welcoming the end to Gandhian Anna
Hazare`s five-day fast over the Lokpal Bill issue, Congress
Saturday said it was looking forward to discussions on the draft
for an effective anti-corruption bill.

Replying to questions on how the party and the government
accepted the activist`s demands, which they had earlier termed
as against Constitutional laws, Congress spokesperson Abhishek
Singhvi said, "Let bygones be bygones. We want to spend our
energies on the actual draft of the bill. Our agreement is to
move towards a solution".

Singhvi, however, said that the agreement reached with
the protestors is not an acceptance that the party`s or the
government`s earlier position on the issue was wrong.

"Our agreement is not in any manner an acceptance that
our stand was wrong. Congress and the government had opposed
on principle and on laws several of their demands. We have
agreed... in spite of our opposition," he said.

When repeatedly asked if it was not a surrender on the
part of the government before the activists, Singhvi accused
the media of trying to create "sensationalism".

"Why do you want to rake up old matters? Because, you
want to create sensationalism. We have to look forward as a
nation and decide about the future, not the past", he
asserted.

He said the party welcomed the fact that the 73-year-old
anti-corruption crusader`s fast had ended and it was looking
forward to healthy discussion on the bill.

"This is not the time for allegations and counter
allegations. This is time to find a solution by sitting in the
committee and looking at the provisions", Singhvi said.

Hazare Saturday called off his 98-hour hunger strike after
government came out with a gazette notification constituting a
Joint Committee of ministers and civil society activists to
draft an effective Lokpal Bill.

PTI

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