UPA moving away from ground realities: Cong MP

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 17:31

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Wednesday admitted that the UPA was moving away from ground realities and the government has committed "mistakes" on demand for JPC in 2G scam and inclusion of the Prime
Minister within the Lokpal`s purview.

"We have also committed mistakes. First we said no to the
demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the
2G scam and a whole (winter) session was wasted," Chaturvedi
said, participating in a short duration discussion in the
Rajya Sabha on growing incidents of corruption.

He said that after dithering for two months, the
Government agreed to the demand for JPC.

Likewise, after saying `no` initially, now it is heard
that the government will also agree to bring the Prime
Minister under the Lokpal`s ambit.

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Wednesday admitted that the UPA was moving away from ground realities and the government has committed "mistakes" on demand for JPC in 2G scam and inclusion of the Prime
Minister within the Lokpal`s purview.

"We have also committed mistakes. First we said no to the
demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the
2G scam and a whole (winter) session was wasted," Chaturvedi
said, participating in a short duration discussion in the
Rajya Sabha on growing incidents of corruption.

He said that after dithering for two months, the
Government agreed to the demand for JPC.

Likewise, after saying `no` initially, now it is heard
that the government will also agree to bring the Prime
Minister under the Lokpal`s ambit.

Commenting on Anna Hazare`s fast, he said the Gandhian did
not sit on fast suddenly. It was known for more than a month
in advance, he pointed out.

He said the fast could have been avoided if a "joint
Parliamentary delegation had gone to Anna Hazare to tell him
that on one hand there is Constitution and on the other side
is your demand."

"Then it wouldn`t have been Government versus Anna Hazare,
it would have been Anna versus Constitution," he said.

Chaturvedi said he respected Hazare and was ashamed when
his party members issued derogatory statements against him but
the Gandhian leader should also respect and listen to the
voice of others on the issue.

"If we don`t agree with him, it is said that we are being
stubborn but I think when they don`t budge from their stand
and do not listen to others, it is equally condemnable," he
said.

The Congress leader said if Parliament doesn`t become
cautious about its rights to frame and pass laws, then it will
be held to ransom frequently on such demands.

"I appeal to Anna Hazare and others please don`t create an
atmosphere in the country where things go out of control," he
said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 17:31

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