Digvijay praises govt`s response on Lokpal Bill

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh Saturday praised the government`s response to the issues raised by activist Anna Hazare on Lokpal Bill but cautioned against "whims" creeping into the proposed legislation.

Last Updated: Apr 09, 2011, 23:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Digvijay
Singh Saturday praised the government`s response to the issues
raised by activist Anna Hazare on Lokpal Bill but cautioned
against "whims" creeping into the proposed legislation.

"Corruption is an issue that catches people`s
imagination because everyone of us has been through it in
some way or the other. Government has handled the issue
raised by Hazare fairly well. In fact, in the best tradition
of democracy, the voice of people has been heard.

The Congress leader, who has been associated with the
civil society groups, at the same time hailed Hazare as a
"simple and good man" for whom he has "high regard".

Hazare had worked for a community watershed project in
Madhya Pradesh, when Singh was Chief Minister there about a
decade back.

Replying to questions on whether the credit for the
bill will to go to Hazare, Singh said, "There is no question
of credit or discredit. It is something which has been ready
for a long time with the Government of India and the
government has taken upon itself to look at the draft bill
prepared by the people of civil society."

The AICC general secretary found nothing wrong with
people supporting Hazare`s agitation for a stronger bill, but
doubted that many of those supporting the cause might not
have read the recommendations in the draft prepared by
Hazare`s supporters.

"But I really do not know how many people who are
supporting the cause have looked at the draft prepared by the
members of the civil society. It would be wise for people to
take look at the draft prepared by Arvind Kejriwal and other
members of the civil society group," Singh said.

The senior Congress leader also urged Hazare`s
associates to go through the draft prepared by Sonia Gandhi
led National Advisory Council.

"NAC is also in the process of drafting a Lokpal Bill.
Therefore this committee should also look at and wait for the
recommendations of this high powered committee," Singh said.

Meanwhile, a senior party leader speaking on condition
of anonymity felt that the agitation could have been avoided
had these activists been contacted in time.

PTI