Lokpal: Cong wonders if only `5 people` are wise

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters that going on a fast to threaten government does not behove a Gandhian like Hazare.

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday frowned upon Anna
Hazare`s threat to go on hunger strike from August 16 on the
Lokpal Bill issue, wondering whether "only five people are
wise and the rest fools".

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters
that going on a fast to threaten government does not behove a
Gandhian like Hazare.

Taking a dig at Hazare and his team, who have five
members in the Joint drafting committee on the Lokpal Bill,
Singh said the attitude that "only five people are wise and
rest are fools is not proper".

He said the Congress and the government were committed
for a strong Lokpal Bill and therefore all parties must come
together for an effective legislation.

Singh, as also party spokesperson Jayanthi Nataranjan,
who spoke separately, insisted that the so-called civil
society should respect the inherent right of Parliament.

Asked about Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal`s
statement of leaving the Prime Minister out of the purview of
the Lokpal, she said this is his view and the Congress had not
taken any final view on the matter so far.

PTI