Congress virtually ignored Team Anna’s protest
New Delhi: Congress on Monday virtually ignored Team Anna`s six-day protest for an effective Janlokpal Bill and its demands for action against "corrupt" ministers.
"As far as Lokpal Bill is concerned, the government had made efforts to get it passed in the Lok Sabha. Now it is before the Rajya Sabha where the government does not have a majority," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.
He said following differences among political parties, the bill was referred to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha.
"When the committee will reach any conclusion and make its recommendations then the matter will move further," he said.
On Team Anna`s charges of corruption against 15 Union ministers, he said different courts have already given their verdicts on some of such allegations.
The other charges of Team Anna have been replied to by the concerned persons against whom such allegations had been levelled, Tewari said.
To questions on Team Anna supporters gatecrashing the residence of Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Tewari said the Constitution gives every citizen right to protest but the protesters need to exercise self restraint.
On yoga guru Ramdev`s clean chit to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on charges of corruption, Tewari said perhaps the "gentleman" had not read newspaper reports on the Governor granting sanction to prosecute Fisheries Minister Purushottam Solanki in connection with an alleged scam to the tune of Rs 400 crore.
"It would have been desirable that the gentleman would have taken cognisance of the chain of events that had happened before giving clean chit to Modi and his government," he said.
Tewari claimed that the Gujarat government had tried to protect Solanki, who was allegedly involved in the scam.
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