Ralegan Siddhi: Reacting to the Lokpal Bill after it was tabled in Parliament, social activist Anna Hazare dismissed the government’s bill as a “weak” one.
Saying that the poor in the country were the worst affected by corruption, the Gandhian categorically said that corruption “will not be eradicated by the present bill.”
Urging the voters not to vote for those who have opposed the Jan Lokpal Bill, he said that the whole exercise of drafting the anti-graft bill was “a useless effort.”
When asked about demands for reservation in Lokpal Bench
and Selection Committee, Hazare said he left a decision on this to Parliament. He added that he had “faith in the Parliament.”
He also questioned the government on the contentious issue of CBI asking, “Why is it afraid of bringing the investigating agency under the ambit of Lokpal?
"If CBI is under Lokpal`s control, they fear that there will be a line of ministers going to jail," Hazare told reporters.
Anna Hazare reiterated that his plan to go on a fast for three days starting from December 27 was on.
Earlier in the day throwing an open challenge to the Congress president, Hazare had said, "Sonia Gandhi says the bill is strong. If it is so, let her come out and debate with us in front of media. Let people
see it. Let us have a face to face debate. Convince the people
of the country that it is strong. We will explain how it is
"What is right and wrong with the bill, let us debate in
public," he said.
Anna Hazare`s remarks came as a response to Gandhi`s speech at
Congress Parliamentary Party meeting yesterday during which
she said the proposed legislation was strong and she was ready
to fight for it.