Murder of democracy: BJP on Anna’s arrest

Amid uproarious scenes in the Parliament, the BJP today accused the government of ‘murdering’ democracy by preventing Anna Hazare from holding a fast over the Lokpal Bill.

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2011, 11:56 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Amid uproarious scenes in the Parliament, the BJP today accused the government of ‘murdering’ democracy by preventing Anna Hazare from holding a fast over the Lokpal Bill.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely accused the government in the floor of the house of targeting Anna and his supporters and said that his arrest is akin to murder of democracy.

In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Meira Kumar rejected BJP’s demand for suspension of Question Hour, while clarifying that Home Minister Manmohan Singh would make a statement in the house at noon.

Leader of Opposition in the lower house, Sushma Swaraj demanded that Pm make a statement in the house.
Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh also demanded that Anna Hazare be released at the earliest.

Interestingly, in a role reversal, it were the members of the treasury benches who were at the forefront in creating ruckus.

“The ruling party members including the Parliamentary Affairs Minister didn’t let the Opposition speak in the Parliament. There are doing the same thing in the house what they are doing outside.”

Both houses of the Parliament were adjourned.

Earlier today, top leaders of the National Democratic Alliance met to chart the future course of action following the detention of Anna Hazare.

As per reports, the deliberations touched upon the combine’s reaction to the developments, especially in view of the widespread feeling that Anna’s arrest is an attack on the democratic rights of the citizens.

Ahead of the meeting, senior BJP leader L K Advani said he was not surprised at the detention of Anna Hazare and charged the government with looking for scapegoats
and stopping peaceful protests instead of fighting corruption.

"Why should the government stop a
peaceful protest," Advani said.

On the other hand, party spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said that the government would learn its lesson "the hard way".

"It is regrettable and condemnable. This government is bent upon crushing anyone who wants to protest against corruption," he said.