Mumbai: Team Anna`s pressure tactics to
force the government to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament
is "unconstitutional", a senior Dalit leader has said.
"It seems that they (Team Anna) do not have faith on
the Constitution. They are forcing the government to pass the
Lokpal Bill," Namdeo Dhasal, Dalit Panther leader said.
He, however, said Hazare has done nothing wrong in
launching the anti-corruption campaign.
"We all are of the view that corruption should be
eradicated. But to bring the Prime Minister and lower
bureaucracy in the ambit of Lokpal is violating the spirit of
the Constitution," Dhasal, a Padmashri awardee, said.
"Criminal cases should be registered against Team Anna
for attempting to violate the constitutional framework," he
"Our delegation will meet the President, Prime
Minister and Home Minister to demand that criminal cases be
registered against Team Anna," he said.
Asserting that the `Hindu Code Bill` should be passed
in the Parliament, he said, it would strengthen the social
fabric in the country.
"One part of the Hindu Code Bill was passed in the
Parliament in 1951. However its 3/4th part is yet to be passed
and should be passed in the monsoon session," he added.
Dhasal said his organisation would continue with its
opposition to Team Anna and Lokpal Bill by holding a `Ghatana
Andolan` (constitutional protest) in Pune on January 11.
Last month, the organisation launched an awareness
campaign about the "unconstitutional" demand being made by
Team Anna to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.