Digvijay Singh slams Anna's fast for strong Lokpal
Lucknow/New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Hitting out at veteran social activist Anna Hazare for staging a fast protest at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi for the passage of an effective Lokpal Bill, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday said the laws were made in Parliament and not on the streets.
"This is a free country, everyone has the right to do anything they want, but everything should be done keeping in mind the laws and laws are not formulated on the streets, but in the Parliament and we must have faith in the Parliament," said Singh.
Meanwhile, another Congress leader Sriprakash Jaiswal said there was no substantial reason for Hazare to fast 'unless and until' the anti-graft bill was not passed.
"Our country is a democracy. Everyone has the right to go on a fast but why is this happening? The reasons should be clearly stated. Unless and until the Parliament does not pass the Lokpal Bill, there is no reason why he should demonstrate," said Jaiswal.
"This is his feeling and this was visible right from the very beginning. Gradually, we are getting to know what his motive is," he added.
Hazare is presently sitting on a day-long fast at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to protest against the proposals of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Lokpal Bill.
Hazare, who is fighting for a strong anti-graft bill, has been demanding that the lower bureaucracy should be brought within the ambit of the Lokpal besides provisions for Citizen's Charter and setting up of Lokayuktas under a central law.
The 74-year-old social activist has also warned the government that he would sit on an indefinite fast from December 27 at the Ramlila Maidan here if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.
The Lokpal Bill is seen as a weapon to root out corruption and nepotism from the government machinery and in public life.
The proposed Bill envisages the setting up of a national anti-corruption watchdog to check financial mismanagement and corrupt practices that have deeply pervaded several democratic and civic institutions of India.
Hazare had staged an indefinite hunger strike against graft that he gave up on August 28 when the government agreed to deliberate the issues raised by him and his forum vis-a-vis the passage and enactment of the Lokpal Bill, a suggestion that has received unprecedented nationwide backing. (ANI)
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