‘Hazare`s protest awakened the non-political clas

BJP hailed Anna Hazare`s agitation as one which had awakened even the non-political class and insisted that such movements also have a place in democracy as they serve to change the status quo.

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2011, 00:36 AM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Sunday hailed Anna Hazare`s
agitation as one which had awakened even the non-political
class and insisted that such movements also have a place in
democracy as they serve to change the status quo.

BJP felt Anna Hazare`s agitation had achieved much for
democracy and empowerment of the people.

"This is a victory of democracy. It was a convergence
of agitation on the street and debate in Parliament. People
are feeling empowered after this which is a good thing," BJP
spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told PTI.

He maintained that this has strengthened the fight
against corruption that his party is waging.
"We also feel elated as awakening of people by this
agitation will lead to the non-political class also joining
the political process. As Arun Jaitley said in Parliament,
this movement was against the status quo. People want change,"
Javadekar said.

After some initial reluctance, BJP had come out in
open support of Hazare when he began his fast. It even went to
the extent of fully endorsing the Jan Lokpal Bill.

"People are emboldened now as more and more skeletons
are coming out of the cupboard of this government," Javadekar
said.
Asked if this was truly a victory of Team Anna as
several of its demands like keeping Prime Minister under ambit
of Lokpal, passing the Bill in this session, inclusion of
higher judiciary and so on have not been met, BJP maintained
that this agitation was about the larger issue of having a
strong and effective Lokpal.

"Hazare has succeeded in sending a message to the
people and brought them out on the streets. The issue here was
also the disgust of the people against corruption. Such
non-political agitations also have a place in democracy,"
Javadekar said.

PTI