New Delhi: Terming Anna Hazare`s decision to
campaign against it in the Hisar by-election as "unfortunate",
Congress on Tuesday said the government is committed to set up a
strong and effective Lokpal and the Gandhian should not have
any "pre-conceived notions" on the issue.
"Anna on one hand is saying if Lokpal Bill is not passed
in the Winter Session he will start a campaign against
Congress. But now he does not want to wait till the Winter
Session. It`s unfortunate," Congress Spokesperson Rashid Alvi
said here today.
"Every citizen has got the constitutional right to oppose
or favour anyone... But even then these statements from Anna
Hazare are regretful," he said.
Commenting on the issue, Congress General Secretary
Janardhan Dwivedi said Hazare should have faith in the
"collective wisdom" of the nation, which is represented by
Parliament, on the Lokpal issue.
"Hazare should keep faith in the country`s collective
wisdom represented by the Parliament of the country. Whenever
the Lokpal comes, it will be a strong and effective one.
Having any pre-conceived notions on the issue is not correct,"
Dwivedi said Congress "trusts" Anna Hazare when he says
that he does not have any personal political ambitions and
that is why "he should not allow the issue raised by him with
good intentions to be misused for political reasons."
The Congress spokespersons were reacting to Hazare`s
statement that he will appeal to voters in Hisar Lok Sabha
constituency in Haryana, where bypoll is scheduled on October
13, to not vote for the Congress candidate as the party was
"deliberately" not bringing the Jan Lokpal bill.