New Delhi: Observing that the public has
been "taken for a ride" on Lokpal issue, Karnataka Lokayukta
Justice Santosh Hegde on Sunday said Anna Hazare`s next movement
should be different from the one in April when he sat on a
Asked whether Hazare should start a movement again,
Hegde said that there should be another one but it should
"somewhat different from what took place from April 5. We must
go around the country to impress upon people the need to have
a strong Lokpal."
"They (people) have been taken for a ride. I don`t use
the word cheated because it is different," he said when asked
if the people had been "cheated" on the Lokpal issue with the
Cabinet approving a draft of the bill ignoring key demands of
the civil society representatives.
Hegde was also part of the Joint Drafting Committee on
the Lokpal Bill as a representative of the civil society,
which has been upset over the exclusion of the Prime Minister
from the cabinet approved bill.
Asked about Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari using
the phrase "tyranny of the unelected" for the debate on the
Lokpal issue, Hegde said, "Who are these unelected people. In
India where rajneeti (politics) is prajaprabhutva (people
oriented), there is nothing like tyranny."
"If at all there is tyranny, it comes from the elected
people who are our elected representatives. They have
forgotten the true meaning of word democracy, which is for the
people, of the people and by the people. Now it has become the
government of the elected and for the elected," he told a private TV channel.
Lashing out at Tewari, Hegde said, "It is sad to see
that the young leader is so arrogant. He has forgotten the
people of India and calls them tyrants. I don`t think more
worse words have been used against citizens of India."