Laws can't be made at Jantar Mantar: Cong
Under attack on the lokpal issue, the Congress on Sunday accused social activist Anna Hazare of "insulting" Parliament and said laws cannot be made at Jantar Mantar". HT reports.delhi Updated: Dec 11, 2011 23:40 IST
Under attack on the lokpal issue, the Congress on Sunday accused social activist Anna Hazare of "insulting" Parliament and said laws cannot be made at Jantar Mantar".
The party had already rejected Team Anna's invitation to join Sunday's public debate on the lokpal bill, saying it would be "premature" to participate in any such discussion when the government is expected move the proposed legislation in Parliament soon.
"Whatever has happened at Jantar Mantar is premature…they should have waited for the final shape of lokpal bill, which will be passed by Parliament," Congress spokesman Rashid Alvi said.
The remarks came soon after opposition parties, including the BJP and Left, shared the dais with Hazare and his team, and backed their key proposals for a strong lokpal.
"It was an assembly of anti-Congress organisations. Nothing has happened beyond our expectations," Alvi said.
Alleging that the Team Anna had links with the RSS and the BJP, he said Hazare was indulging in politics by attacking Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi.
"I cannot say on whose directions they are working but the RSS has openly supported them and Anna wrote to (LK) Advani and thanked him...," Alvi said.
Union minister Ashwani Kumar questioned senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley's participation in the debate. "A public debate is in a way pre-empting and prejudging the issue which is really contemptuous to the judgment of parliament. I think these are matters which should be left to Parliament."
First Published: Dec 11, 2011 14:16 IST