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`Civil society leaders behaving like legislators`

Last Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 15:55

Kolkata: Union Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee on Sunday said that the leaders of the civil society
movement for a Lokpal Bill have given an impression as if they
have become legislators.

"The way the civil society movement is continuing in the
country, it gives an impression that the leaders have become
legislators," Mukherjee said.
Speaking at the convocation of the Bengal Engineering
and Science University in Shibpur in Howrah district,
Mukherjee said he had been asked during a programme in Hanoi
why the Indian government was giving so much importance to the
civil society movement in the country.

"I told them that Indian democracy is not stagnant. It is
a multi-faceted democracy. We have to consider opinions of
different people and organisations. It is a new kind of
process. We have to listen to them," Mukherjee said.
There are thousands of opinions on any important issue
which have to be heard, the Finance Minister said.


First Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011 - 15:55
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