‘Govt accepts legitimate role of civil society’

Last Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 23:29

New Delhi: As Anna Hazare has threatened yet
another agitation, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said government accepts the legitimate role of civil society,
but there should be clear cut rules of disagreement and
engagement in dealing with each other.

"As far as we (government) are concerned, we have no
hesitation and no reservation in accepting that there is an
exceptionally legitimate role for civil society in a
democracy. It may be discomforting for us time to time...they
may be questioning our motives ...it makes democracy more
stronger and increases its outreach," he said.

But at the same time, Khurshid maintained that there is
disagreement on every issue in the country as it is part of
democracy.

"Dissent is essential to good democracy. But in every
democracy, there are rules for resolving disagreement and the
rule for taking into account and factoring in dissent and
providing for dissent and then turning dissent into a
synthesis," he said at the India Today conclave here.

Threatening to launch a "big protest" for a strong Lokpal
bill, Anna Hazare had yesterday said the government will have
to go if it does not bring a strong anti-corruption law.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 23:29

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