`No compromise on structure of the Constitution`

Congress said there could be no compromise on the basic structure of the Constitution and wondered why Anna and his friends do not understand a fact even a school child can.

Updated: Aug 04, 2011, 21:50 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid protests over tabling of the
government version of the Lokpal Bill in Parliament, Congress
on Thursday said there could be no compromise on the basic structure
of the Constitution and wondered why Anna and his friends do
not understand a fact even a school child can.

"There is a Constitutional structure in the country and
this structure has not fallen from above but has been put
in place by people of the country through their elected
representatives," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told
reporters here.

"In India`s democratic structure, everybody can give
an advice but it is only people`s representatives, who can
introduce a bill in Parliament and enact a law. This basic
fact is understood by even a school child. Either Anna and his
friends do not understand or do not want to understand. The
question is why they do not want to understand it," he said.

When told that team Anna has burnt copies of the Lokpal
Bill of the government, Tewari said the country has seen
people and parties burning even the Indian Constitution and
then finally agreeing to work within its framework.

"Akali leader Prakash Singh Badal had burnt Indian
Constitution in Rakabaganj. Now he is Punjab`s Chief Minister.

"Similar unfortunate incidents had also happened in
Assam. Even those, who burnt the Constitution of India
realized the futility of such exercises and finally reconciled
to work within the parameters of the same. Why the Anna team
is refusing to recognize this reality," Tewari asked.

PTI