New Delhi: Law Minister Salman Khurshid today rejected criticism that government action against Anna Hazare was “mismanaged” by government.
"Nothing has been mismanaged," he told reporters in Parliament House when asked about criticism over arrest of Hazare and his associates yesterday.
Khurshid said the government will decide what further action it would take on the issue of Hazare and Lokpal Bill and that would be conveyed. "It is the Government which will take a final decision in this regard, not an individual or a minister," he said.
On stalling of Parliament by the Opposition, Khurshid lamented that the same members who were earlier opposing the government talks with Hazare and his team are now supporting him.
"It is very strange to stall Parliament on an issue on which Parliament members had earlier told us that we should not have talked to Hazare. We were categorically told why did government speak to Anna. Today, they are saying we are with Anna," he said.
"The issue is not about the arrest of Anna or not. The issue is about the Lokpal Bill. Do they support the Bill or not. Why don`t they come clean before the country on this," he said.
The minister said, "Nobody has ever been as kind to a person who has been agitating, as we have been. I have not known of anyone released from prison after 6 PM ever in my life as a lawyer".
Khurshid said he favoured civil liberties and did not support any law which curtailed independence of citizens.
"The issue is not of civil liberty of 12 hours. The issue is of civil liberties for all times to come. Tapping of telephones, making a police state, watching over shoulders is not something that should be supported," he said.
Replying to questions about the agitation, Khurshid said, "Sometimes there is a fashion in vogue. It is a fashion and we will face it. We will see for how many days this fashion continues. We know what is our responsibility. We know what we have to do."
Stating that the attention of people was being diverted, Khurshid asked people to study the Lokpal Bill first before reaching to conclusions.