While the nation is rejoicing Anna Hazare’s victory, a city-based organisation, vehemently against the proposed Jan Lokpal Bill, is planning another march to show their protest. According to Save Constitution Committee, a Mumbai-based group, the provisions of the Lokpal Bill are against democracy.
According to the group, the prevailing laws can be effective and if properly implemented, can help curb corruption in the country. As per the Bill, the decision of the Lokpal will be final.
“This is against democracy. Today, we can use the judicial system to challenge a verdict. This will, however, not be available if the Bill is passed as a Lokpal’s decision cannot be questioned,” said Raju Korade, a member of the Save Constitution Committee.
Members of the committee said the government accepted the Bill under pressure; it is not the right way to make oneself be considered as people’s representatives. “Fasting and building pressure on the government is not the way to prove oneself as the representative of people. The non-government officials in the committee who have been entrusted to review the bill are not people’s representatives. How can they represent people without their consent?” asked Korade.
They feel that the bill has many lacunae. According to them, people can lend support in the move to end corruption if they stop bribing officials to get their work done.
“If the Bill is implemented, it may bring in dictatorship as one body would have power which can be misused. The crux of the Constitution has been challenged by the Bill,” said Raju Kutwad, member of the committee.
The committee members are also planning to organise a rally against the Jan Lokpal Bill on April 14 in the city. “There are not many of us but we know what we are asking for is right and so we will move ahead with it. We feel that the Bill violates our rights,” said Korade.