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Foundation is laid but don't expect a miracle: Hegde

india Updated: Aug 28, 2011 13:35 IST

Team Anna member N Santosh Hegde on Sunday saluted the Parliament for rising to the occasion and giving its nod to key elements of Jan Lokpal bill, but cautioned that people should "not expect a miracle" as enacting the legislation will "take its own time".

He was also against exerting "more pressure" on Parliament on the issue now.

"I am sure they (Parliament) will understand the necessity for quick enactment because that will bring glory for them (Parliamentarians) also," the former Supreme Court Judge, who was part of the joint Lokpal bill drafting panel, said.

"We have achieved the first milestone in having a strong Lokpal Act and it may take its own time -- it's not something you can expect today, tomorrow or next month," he said, adding, "Let not the people of India expect a miracle. But we have just put the foundation for a strong Lokpal bill."

He said what Parliament has done for the people of India "at least in this regard...may be because of Anna's efforts.. is something great. "I thank each one of them. Parliament has risen to the occasion. We do share a part of the victory with Parliament", Hegde, who till recently served as Karnataka Lokayukta, said.

He said the agitation for a strong and effective Lokpal, spearheaded by Hazare has achieved a lot. "It's a victory for the people of India. Anna has achieved for the people of India." Hegde said the government should continue to respect the feelings of the people.