Kejriwal defends team Anna's Lokpal campaign
Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal had to face some tough stance from two UPA government ministers --- Pranab Mukherjee and Ambika Soni – on flocking Delhi streets to get the team's version of the Lokpal Bill.delhi Updated: Oct 18, 2011 21:35 IST
Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal had to face some tough stance from two UPA government ministers --- Pranab Mukherjee and Ambika Soni – on flocking Delhi streets to get the team's version of the Lokpal Bill.
Finance minister Mukherjee said protesting on streets was not the best way to draft a law and added that having a joint drafting committee for Lokpal Bill with civil society representatives was an experiment. He did not term the experiment as failure saying the society has to adopt new ideas.
His colleague and Information and Broadcasting minister Soni was more forthcoming and said whatever has to be done should be within the Constitutional framework and within a democratic process. "There is no impetus to bypass the democratic process," she said.
Kejriwal, who was awarded Indian of Year award by NDTV, responded by saying that team Anna has not done anything anti-Constitution. "We value elections," he said, adding that Lokpal can be a strong instrument to check corruption.
The young Magsasay award winner who dedicated his award to common people of India also declared that he will not fight an election ever. "If the government fails to pass Lokpal Bill in winter session we will be forced to launch an agitation," he said.
Anna Hazare, in a live interaction from his village in Maharashtra, said he was open to having a dialogue with anyone including Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi. But, decried reports of he wanted to join politics. "At an age of 74 there is no desire left in me to join politics," he said, while refusing to comment on issues with Congress general Digvijaya Singh further.
First Published: Oct 18, 2011 21:33 IST