New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Monday took exception
to the Delhi Police refusing permission to Anna Hazare`s fast,
asserting it was "highly undemocratic" to say that one cannot
protest against a bill if it has reached Parliament.
Senior CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said her party has
differences with certain provisions advocated by Hazare and
the "weak" government Lokpal Bill but no one can question the
right to protest even if you do not agree with the demands of
"The point here is, one may not agree with the form of
protest or with all the demands being raised by Hazare.
However, his right to protest cannot be questioned. Saying
once a bill is in Parliament, there can be no protest in this
country is highly undemocratic.
"The Congress has forgotten when it was in Opposition
and when it is in Opposition. Even in the states there are so
many occasions they do not agree with a bill and they have
staged a protest," Karat said.