The announcement of Anna Hazare and his team that they would campaign against the Congress during the assembly elections in five states for the “party’s betrayal” on the lokpal bill might actually prove to be a litmus test for them.
A good Congress performance could dent Hazare’s campaign while a lukewarm show could increase his aggression against the ruling party.
Both sides, meanwhile, hardened their positions. On December 27, Parliament will take up the Lokpal bill, while Hazare will go on a three-day fast in Mumbai on the same day.
Minister of state in the PMO V Narayanasamy said in Chennai: “A team of five members cannot pressure the government on passing a bill. Parliament alone can pass a bill, and not by someone on the streets or maidans…We will handle this with an iron hand.”
In response, Team Anna member and former Supreme Court judge Santosh Hegde said, “I hope he (Naraya-naswamy) knows the meaning of the word democracy. The very first words in the Constitution says, ‘We the people of India’.”