New Delhi: Contending that corruption can no
longer be ignored and the voice of `aam-aadmi` should now be
heard, former Karnataka Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde on Sunday
expressed confidence that public support for Anna Hazare and
his campaign would continue until his demands are met by the
Hegde, also a member of the Lokpal Joint Drafting
Committee, said Hazare is not asking for the chair of Prime
Minister or President but is only fighting against corruption
and the need for a strong legislation to deal with the menace.
"We are confident that we will all stand behind Annaji
and his cause for any number of days. We stand by him until
his demands are met," the former Supreme Court judge told the
large gathering at Ramlila Maidan, the venue of Hazare`s
indefinite on Lokpal issue.
"Our leaders keep talking about people of the country
being supreme. But in reality they have become supreme rather
than the people. Public servants have become supreme.... Real
independence has not reached the `aam aadmi`. His voice must
be heard," he said.
Observing that corruption is one of the burning issues,
he said, "Annaji doesn`t want the chair of Prime Minister or
the chair of President. He is just fighting for the cause of
(eradicating) corruption. Can anybody say there is no
corruption in the country or can anybody say it can be
ignored?" he asked.
Hegde said the country has been waiting for a Lokpal for
the past 42 years when the first bill on Lokpal was introduced
in Parliament as no government could get the measure passed.
He said there are many scams other than 2G scam that have
not come to light yet. "The CAG has recently released a report
on KG basin. God knows how many zeros will be there in that
scam," he said.