Cong unfazed over Hazare's plans to go ahead with stir
The Congress tonight appeared unfazed over Anna Hazare's plans to go ahead with his fast and 'jail bharo' agitation from December 27 on the issue of Lokpal bill saying the "dissenters" can do what they think is appropriate.delhi Updated: Dec 20, 2011 21:17 IST
The Congress on Tuesday appeared unfazed over Anna Hazare's plans to go ahead with his fast and 'jail bharo' agitation from December 27 on the issue of Lokpal bill saying the "dissenters" can do what they think is appropriate.
"It is not the government's job to ensure passage of every bill according to demands of a group of persons who appear to threaten a fast every second."
"Government can do what it thinks appropriate. Dissenters can do what they think appropriate," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.
Singhvi, who is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee which went into the Lokpal issue, was reacting to Hazare's charge that a "weak" Citizens' Charter Bill showed that government's intentions were not honest on Lokpal Bill.
Rejecting the Citizens' Charter Bill, Hazare said the people of the country were cheated by the government and he would go ahead with plans to campaign against the government in the Assembly elections in five poll-bound states.
"Let the government go its way, we will go our way. I have decided that I will continue to fight till there is life in me," the 74-year-old activist told reporters at his native village Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra.
At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Rashid Alvi dismissed suggestions that the government has brought the Lokpal bill under pressure from Hazare. He said the Congress has striven hard to arrive at a consensus on the issue in the meeting of the UPA leaders as also at the all party meeting.
First Published: Dec 20, 2011 21:15 IST