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Rahul Gandhi let us down: Kiran Bedi

Bedi, one of the core members of the Team Anna Hazare, said the young Congress leader was the "biggest loss of faith in our trust".



New Delhi: Activist Kiran Bedi on Friday
said Team Anna members felt "let down" by Rahul Gandhi`s lack
of support for the anti-corruption movement as they thought
that he would work with them to ensure that the Jan Lokpal
Bill is passed in Parliament.

Bedi, one of the core members of the Team Anna Hazare,
said the young Congress leader was the "biggest loss of faith
in our trust".

"Rahul Gandhi was the biggest loss of faith in our trust.
We thought he is a young face, who would work with us for this
country`s future and ensure that the Jan Lokpal Bill gets
passed," she said at a panel discussion organised by the
Observer Research Foundation here.

Gandhi`s lack of support for their movement surprised
the civil society members, Bedi said.

The Congress General Secretary had criticised the fast by
Hazare and said the need of the hour was not just a strong
Lokpal but make it a constitutional body like the Election
Commission.

Bedi said that Team Hazare agreed to drop the demand for
bringing judiciary under Lokpal after the government promised
that it would bring an effective Judicial Accountability Bill
in Parliament.

"The draft version of the bill does not cover judicial
corruption. We had agreed to drop the demand to bring
judiciary under the ambit of the Lokpal because the government
had promised to include judicial corruption in the Judicial
Accountability Bill.

"We will now demand that the judiciary be brought under
Lokpal," Bedi said.

Bedi stressed on involving people in pre-legislative
procedures and described "legal illiteracy" as one of the
biggest deterrents in this regard.

"Legal literacy in our country is not a preference. We
don`t read the bills or laws. This has been relegated to
certain sections of society like key lawyers, judges, and
Parliamentarians," Bedi said.

She said Lok Sabha channel should not just show live
parliamentary proceedings, but also announce which bill is
going to be debated on which dates on the floor of the house.

"Telephone lines should be kept open and all interested
parties should be encouraged to contribute to the debate.

"This would increase legal literacy and ensure that bills
are passed after due consideration from all quarters," Bedi
said.

PTI

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