Indore: Congress General Secretary Digvijay
Singh on Saturday questioned the "huge" funding for anti-corruption
Anna Hazare`s 4-day hunger strike in Delhi and asked if
politicians are uncivilized and cannot be members of civil
Speaking at the Press Club here, Singh claimed Rs 50 lakh
was spent for Hazare`s agitation at Jantar Mantar.
"When we demanded that it should be brought out how much
money was spent for organizing Hazare`s hunger strike at
Jantar Mantar in Delhi and who helped it financially, we were
told that Rs 82 lakh was raised from the corporate sector", he
"If civil society people spent Rs 50 lakh for four-day
agitation at Jantar Mantar, then why do they are after the
politicians telling them to meet the expenditures for
contesting Lok Sabha and assembly elections within a limit"?
He said the job of finalizing the draft of a Lokpal Bill
cannot be left to only a few members of civil society and
suggested the Bill should also include the corporate sector
"Though I am in favour of the Bill, the job of finalising
the draft for such an important institution cannot be left
just to a few members of the civil society," Digvijay Singh
"If Anna Hazare and his associates think that whatever
they decide in the name of civil society is sacrosanct, it is
not acceptable," the Congress leader said.
He asked why only a select members of the civil society
were in the present panel (besides ministers). "Are
politicians uncivilised? Can`t they be members of civil
Singh suggested that the drafting committee should invite
representatives of all the political parties to discuss the
Bill and it should also ponder how the corporate sector and
NGOs could be brought within the ambit of Lokpal.
He also said it could not be expected that the draft
finalised by the civil society members would be accepted as it
was. "How can anyone take away the rights of the elected
Singh said Hazare was a nice man but was in the grip of
some people who were using him.
Aasked if politicians were afraid of Hazare, he said "not
at all. I used to touch his feet and will do so in future
also. But we will not accept his view that all politicians and
voters are dishonest.