Safer to trust people than MPs, MLAs: Team Anna

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 17:39

New Delhi: Hitting out at politicians on the
eve of Republic Day, Team Anna on Wednesday argued for more people`s
participation in lawmaking process claiming that one cannot
trust elected representatives as they could easily be managed
by corporates who have "vested" interests.

Seeking to counter the argument that common man cannot
understand complex issues like Lokpal Bill, nuclear energy or
GM foods, it asked whether the MPs or ministers were experts
on these subjects to deal with them.

Team Anna alleged that the lawmakers ignore people`s
wishes while framing laws and often take decisions on the
basis of "self interest or on extraneous and often corrupt"
considerations.

It said people often use of money and muscle power to get
elected and this is why major parties were lining up to induct
even those persons who have been "kicked out for corruption by
the corrupt BSP government" on the eve of the elections.

Team Anna also accused the government of using
obstructionist tactics and engineering disturbances during
debate on Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha to ensure that the
legislation was not enacted.

The accusations against the government is part of a
concept note it publicised for a seminar `Rebuilding the
Republic` being organised by Team Anna here tomorrow. Anna
Hazare will not attend the seminar due to health concerns.

"These elected representatives are far easier to manage
by commercial vested interests than the entire electorate.
Therefore, it would be much safer to trust the people than
these elected representatives," the note said.

Rubbishing arguments that people cannot comprehend
complex issues, it asked "but are our MPs or ministers experts
on these subjects? After all they are deciding such critical
matters which affect large sections of society. If they can
take a view on it by taking into account the views of experts,
so can the people."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 17:39

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