Bhubaneswar: Not averse to civil rights
leader Anna Hazare`s proposed fast against the Lokpal Bill,
CPI-M leader Brinda Karat on Friday said every citizen has the
right to protest.
Advocating inclusion of the prime minister and the
conduct of MPs in Parliament under the ambit of the Lokpal
Bill, Karat said, "Every citizen has the right to protest.
People`s struggle will strengthen the democracy."
Though the Standing Committee of the Parliament in
2001 had recommended inclusion of the prime minister under the
purview of the Lokpal Bill, Karat pointed out that now in 2011
the Centre was arguing in a different voice.
"If a better law can be made due to public protest,
what is the harm in it," she asked, adding that people should
oppose the bill if they find it not sufficient to curb
corruption at high places.
Karat, while attending a meeting on women SHGs here,
however, admitted that she did not agree to certain issues
raised by Hazare.
"A weak bill cannot give justice to the people," she
said, adding that there was no point in keeping the prime
minister out of the purview of the Lokpal Bill.
The Rajya Sabha MP also felt that it was essential to
include the conduct of MPs in Parliament in the bill or
prepare any mechanism so MPs behave properly in the House.
On corruption issues, Karat dubbed Congress and BJP as
"two sides of the same coin".
"The central government took action against Raja and
others in the 2G case only after the Supreme Court`s
direction. Similarly, the BJP was being forced to change its
chief minister in Karnataka following Lokayukta`s judgement,"
she pointed out.