Social activist Anna Hazare on Sunday said the government should not split the jan lokpal (its essence) in parts by bringing different laws to control corruption.
“Why is government bringing separate laws when the jan lokpal is in progress?” he said after a meeting of the core committee of his team (dubbed Team Anna) at Ralegan Siddhi, 85 km from Pune. “The government wants to split the jan lokpal in parts, which is not right.”
Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal said the government had plans to bring in three-four laws to make the jan lokpal an “empty pot”. “Those include the Whistleblower Protection Act, the Public Grievance and Redressal Bill and the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill their intention is clear.”
On the restructuring of Team Anna, amid controversies including charges of financial misconduct against Kejriwal and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, Hazare said the team would be expanded. “While core team will comprise 50 members, the working committee will have lesser participation.”
He said all the members would be bound by a code of conduct, which would come into effect by this month. “A sharp check will be kept on all the members so that the movement remains clean. Members from different sections including Dalits, Muslims and the Adivasi community will be included.”