Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lokpal Bill: Cong rejects Anna Hazare's telecast demand



Tensions between the ruling party and civil society activists went up a notch on Monday as the Congress virtually rejected Gandhian Anna Hazare's demand for "videographing" or telecasting proceedings of the joint committee drafting the Lokpal bill. 

"Let us not allow form to take the place of substance. Please do not put conditions and pre-conditions which might obstruct the basic objective," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. 

"Statesmanship and maturity is required from stakeholders," the spokesperson said, adding that such conditions and preconditions could not be allowed which would inhibit candid discussions. "Transparency should not become hypocritical decision-making without candour. Therefore, balancing is important." 

The disagreement came within hours of Hazare demanding the resignation of HRD minister Kapil Sibal who said the bill would not solve all problems. "If Sibal feels that nothing will happen due to the Lokpal Bill, then he should resign from the joint committee as soon as possible," Hazare said. "Why is he wasting his and our time? He should do other things for the country. Why does he want to be in the committee?”.

Courtesy:Times of India.

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