Hazare overestimating Jan Lokpal Bill: Digvijay

Last Updated: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 17:34

New Delhi: Anna Hazare was on Monday again at the
receiving end with Congress leader Digvijay Singh stating that
the Gandhian was "overestimating" the Jan Lokpal Bill and just
passing the law will not help anyone.

"I think he is over estimating Jan Lokpal Bill.

Corruption can only be removed by a comprehensive strategy of
the government, the bureaucracy and the judiciary together so
that it can be tackled at every level. Just passing the law
will not help anyone. Corruption will not be removed only by
Lokpal," Singh said.

The AICC general secretary also reminded Hazare that
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has promised a strong Lokpal
long before he took up the Lokpal issue.

"Congress had promised Lokpal in its election campaign
long before Hazare came into picture. Long before Hazare,
Sonia Gandhi had in the AICC Delhi session, promised strong
Lokpal. National Advisory Council had asked Aruna Roy and
Harsh Mander to draft the bill," Singh said.

Hazare on Monday said those threatened by Lokpal movement
are attacking his supporters and close aides and trying to
break his team. "They fear that their political career will be
jeopardized if a strong Lokpal mechanism comes into effect,"
he told reporters at his native village Ralegaon Sidhi.

Singh, however, rejected the allegation asking "who is
opposing Lokpal “Which government leader or political party is
opposing Lokpal." He added "If Anna is saying that leaders are
opposing Lokpal, then he should name the leaders or the
political parties."

On Hazare`s objection to government bringing separate
bills to tackle corruption in public life, Singh said,
"whether it comes through one law or several should be left to
the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and the Standing Committee. To
say what I say right is not the correct way."

PTI



First Published: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 17:34

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