New Delhi: Asking Rahul Gandhi not to give
"sermons" but to persuade the Prime Minister to bring changes in Lokpal bill, the BJP today slammed his speech in Parliament saying it closes the way for ending Anna Hazare`s fast.
"We don`t want Rahul`s sermons. It is surprising that
he is giving sermons to the nation but his party under
Manmohan Singh is dill-dallying on a strong Lokpal issue. We
urge him stop sermonising and persuade Prime Minister to bring
changes in the Lokpal Bill," senior BJP leader Ananth Kumar
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley was
equally dismissive of Gandhi`s speech in which he proposed
making Lokpal a constitutional body like the Election
"When you have no solution to offer you talk of
systemic changes," Jaitley said.
His counterpart in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said, Gandhi`s
speech "closes the way for ending Anna`s fast."
She also made clear her displeasure at Speaker Meira
Kumar giving 15 minutes to Gandhi to give his "sermon" in the
House when he was not scheduled to speak today.
Some BJP leaders said that the speech reflected that
Gandhi differs with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the
Lokpal issue and Hazare`s fast.
While Singh had been full of praise for Hazare in his
speech yesterday and this led to the Lok Sabha passing an
unanimous resolution requesting the Gandhian to end his fast,
Gandhi made no such gesture and even questioned such methods