Pune: Unfazed by the resistance from the
Government and some quarters to the civil society`s demand for
inclusion of Prime Minister in the ambit of the proposed
Lokpal Bill, noted Gandhian Anna Hazare on Tuesday asserted he
would not hesitate to fight against Opposition parties that
did not support a strong anti-corruption ombudsman.
"If they are not ready to support our major demands
for a strong Lokpal Bill, including bringing Prime Minister
within the ambit of the Lokpal, we shall wage a fight against
Opposition parties along with the ruling Congress," he said.
Hazare said this when asked what would be the stand of
civil society led by him if during his parleys with the
leaders of the Opposition parties, starting tomorrow, they
failed to endorse the contentious inclusion of Prime Minister
in the purview of the Lokpal, as advocated by "Team Anna".
The septuagenarian anti-corruption crusader, speaking
at a "Meet the Press` organised by Pune Union of Working
Journalists (PUWJ), said "We shall then go to the people and
appeal to them not to vote for these political parties
(opposed to a strong Lokpal)."
Asked whether Prime Minster Manmohan Singh was
"afraid" of his office being covered by the Lokpal, the
veteran social activist made a cryptic remark, saying
"Manmohan Singh is not afraid. But there is a remote control!"
Hazare said he would be meeting all party Presidents,
including Sonia Gandhi, in his proposed interaction on the
Lokpal draft across the political spectrum.
Queried why was he going to meet Gandhi when Congress
was opposed to his agitation, Hazare said "it was part of the
democratic process in our discussions."