New Delhi: Facing Anna Hazare`s threat to go
on an indefinite fast from August 16, Government and the
Congress on Thursday hardened its stand, making it clear to
activists involved in the drafting the Lokpal Bill that
Parliament is the final authority in making laws.
"I do not believe that four or five persons or a single
NGO can claim to be better informed and be the sole repository
of all knowledge," Information and Broadcasting Minister
Ambika Soni told reporters here.
Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan also spoke in
a similar vein.
"While the process of consultation is already on, I want
to point out that suggestions arising out of this agitation
finally will have to go to Cabinet and Parliament", Natarajan
said when asked about Hazare`s threat.
She said, "Law can be made by legislature is the view of
every political party. No one has promised them (civil society
representatives) that whatever they say, will become a law".
Soni said every citizen of the country enjoyed the right
to air his views at appropriate fora or to his elected
representative but it was upto the government to incorporate
the same in Bills it plans to move in Parliament.
"What will be the nature of the law is for the Parliament
to decide. Parliament is the final authority," the minister
Soni said the UPA government, in the past seven years,
had taken several steps that have made every person feel
empowered to exercise his rights and air his views on issues