New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday termed the
indefinite hunger strike by social activist Anna Hazare for a
stronger Lokpal Bill as "premature", saying the government had
already constituted a panel headed by Defence Minister A K
Antony to go into the issue.
"The Prime Minister has already constitued a
sub-committee headed by Antony..... When the process was
already on, then adopting such a path is perhaps not
appropriate, probably unnecessary. We respect Hazare very much
but the path he has adopted is premature," party spokesman
Manish Tewari told reporters.
Noting that the PMO has appropriately articulated its
disappointment over Hazare`s course of action, he said in
a democracy, the government moves the bill and Parliament
"And in between there is enough scope that if any
constructive suggestion comes, amendments can be moved," he
said requesting Hazare to heed the PMO`s appeal and engage in
a constructive discussion which could lead to enactment of a
more comprehensive legislation.
He downplayed questions on National Advisory Council`s
reported rejection of the draft Lokpal Bill saying that in a
democracy, differences always exist and a harmonious consensus
is arrived at through healthy discussions.
Hazare today began a fast-unto-death in the capital
demanding enactment of a comprehensive Jan Lokpal Bill to give
wider powers to Ombudsman to check corruption.