Lucknow: Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal
on Tuesday said if a strong Lokpal Bill was not passed in the
winter session of Parliament, the Uttar Pradesh voters would
be appealed not to vote for Congress in the upcoming Assembly
"The Prime Minister has written a letter to Anna Hazare
that a strict Lokpal Bill will be tabled in the Winter session
(of Parliament) and believing his assurance we will wait till
then," Kejriwal said at a meeting here.
"If the bill is not passed in the Winter session, Anna
Hazare will come to Uttar Pradesh and appeal to people not to
vote in favour of Congress," he said.
Kejriwal said that Anna had announced on October 3 that he
will embark on his Uttar Pradesh yatra from October 15. "But
meanwhile, the PM wrote a letter and believing his assurance
he has decided to undertake the yatra after the Winter
session," he said.
Kejriwal said Team Anna has no rivalry or hatred towards
the UPA or Congress. "Because they are at the Centre, we have
to say that if the bill is not passed, people will not vote
for Congress," he said.
"Once the bill is passed, we will take our protest back
and people can vote any party," he added.
Kejriwal said that in his Jan Lokpal Bill Anna has mainly
said two things, first that complaint should be disposed of in
a time bound manner and if an officer is found guilty, he
should be jailed and property seized.
Secondly, Anna has said all services should be provided
within a time-frame otherwise Lokpal would deduct the salary
of the officer concerned and pay it to the user as
"But Congress was not ready to accept these two things,"
He said Congress leaders, including Manish Tewari and
Digvijay Singh have levelled personal allegations against
Anna and added that people of Hisar Lok Sabha constituency
have given a befitting reply.
He alleged that whether Congress, BSP, BJP or SP - all
looted public money whenever they got opportunity. "There are
scams in Mayawati government, there was corruption in Mulayam
Singh government, a former CM belonging to BJP has been jailed
in Karnataka recently and there is a list of scams during
Congress regime," he said.
Kejriwal said if Mayawati government`s corruption has to
be checked, a strong Lokpal was needed. "Therefore, pressure
has to be mounted on the Congress as the issue cannot be
sorted out by any other party," he said.