Hope govt honours Sonia on Lokpal: Team Anna

Team Anna on Wednesday voiced hope that the government will deliver on Sonia Gandhi`s promise of bringing a strong Lokpal bill.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2011, 19:05 PM IST

New Delhi: Team Anna on Wednesday voiced hope that
the government will deliver on Sonia Gandhi`s promise of
bringing a strong Lokpal bill in Winter Session of Parliament
or else, the activists warned, they will hit the streets
again.
"We welcome Gandhi`s statement. We hope the Prime Minister
(Manmohan Singh) will keep his assurance and a strong
Lokpal Bill will be passed as per `Sense of House`," key team
member Arvind Kejriwal responded in a tweet.

In a statement, he hoped that the government would honour
her commitment of getting a strong Lokpal during Winter
Session.

"Mere speeches would not be enough from the government`s
side," Kejriwal said.

Another member Sanjay Singh, who had organised a
"referendum" in Gandhi`s constituency, took exception to
Gandhi`s comments that corruption cannot be fought through
speeches alone.

"It is the leaders who did the talking all these days but
they did not deliver and we had to hit the streets," Singh
said.
Singh, also a Core Committee member of Team Anna, said
giving lectures was not their domain but of political leaders
who had the opportunity to bring Lokpal bill in the past eight
years.

"This law is now being made through a struggle. We
trusted our leaders but in the past 42 years, they did not
pass a law. Sonia Gandhi is saying that speeches alone would
not do any good. It is the leaders who did the talking all
these days but they did not deliver we had to hit the streets.

"They did not deliver and if they decide not to go ahead
this time, we will go back to streets," he told agency.

On Gandhi`s reference why there is so much noise on
the issue now when Singh had given an assurance, Singh alleged
that the intentions of the government were not right. "If
their intentions were good, they would not have brought a
separate public grievance redressal bill," he said.

PTI