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Anna should not go on fast: Bardhan

CPI general secretary A B Bardhan toon Wednesday advised social activist Anna Hazare not to go ahead with his proposed fast from August 16, saying it will further complicate matters.



New Delhi: CPI general secretary A B
Bardhan toon Wednesday advised social activist Anna Hazare not to go
ahead with his proposed fast from August 16, saying it will
further complicate matters.

"I do not think that Anna Saheb`s proposed hunger strike
on August 16 is a very well calculated move," said Bardhan,
while speaking at a public meeting against "Corruption and
Corporate Loot" at Constitution Club of India.
Bardhan went on to say, "Though you have been making all
the moves on the basis of a lot of calculations and you have
been striking very correct moves also, do not resort to an
action which will appear as if you are interefering or trying
to pressurise the Parliament."

The CPI leader said, "a law cannot be passed like this.
The law will have to go through the Parliament, after
following all procedures as per the Constitution. We still
have a Constitution and must respect it."

Bardhan earlier congratulated Anna Hazare`s team for
"having successfully brought the whole issue of corruption on
the centre-stage of our political line". He lamented that
"even though the matter has been talked about for the last 40
years, but no law could be passed."

Holding Anna Hazare in high esteem and terming him as
"Anna Saheb", Bardhan maintained: "You can go to the streets
to demand that the Bill be passed and demand that an effective
draft must be placed."

"But going on fast again will further complicate the
matters. Again the whole discussion would be on how to end the
fast, rather than concentrate on the Bill and hold discussions
on it," the CPI leader felt.
Bardhan was also critical of the government`s treatment
meted out to the Civil Society members, after inviting them
initially over the drafting of the Lokpal Bill. "The whole
nasty and mean practice of the government, after you invite
them and then defame them, must be resented and the government
be warned."

PTI

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