Govt, Civil society discord not to be encouraged

, Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said there should be no encouragement for discord between civil society and government.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2011, 15:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid sparring between Team Anna
and Congress on the Lokpal issue, Law Minister Salman Khurshid
on Tuesday said there should be no encouragement for discord
between civil society and government.

"Things will be said and people would think that they
should say something. I don`t think we should engage in a
dialogue of this kind through the media," Khurshid said.

"Please don`t try to create greater difference between
civil society and the government. Whoever tries to create
difference between civil society and the government is not
working in the interest of the society," he said.

Noting that the two sides have enough channels for direct
communication, he said, "I am sure we have a lot of channels
by which we can talk directly. I don`t think we should
encourage discord and distance between civil society and
government."

AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh had yesterday
ridiculed Kiran Bedi`s statement that money she had
overcharged from NGOs and other hosts would be returned,
saying that by this yardstick if corrupt people give back
money, they too should be absolved of their crimes.

Anna Hazare had yesterday defended Bedi from the
allegations of "air travel corruption" and accused a "gang of
four" in the government of being behind the campaign against
his team.

PTI