Congress terms Hazare’s agitation rigid

April 8th, 2011 - 6:56 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Apr 8 (ANI): As the stalemate over the Jan Lokpal Bill continues for the fourth day, the Congress Party on Friday termed social activist Anna Hazare’s fast for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal Bill as rigid.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the government has agreed to everything except a legal notification on the anti-corruption ombudsman bill drafting committee since it can set an anti-parliamentary and anti-democracy precedent for future.

“All points of substance have been met. We have agreed for a joint drafting committee. We will introduce the Bill (Lokpal Bill) in the monsoon session. The committee will have five nominee ministers of the Government and five members of Hazare,” said Singhvi.

“The Congress is with the crusade against corruption. We have shown that whenever there are credible allegations the Congress party has taken concrete actions and full transparency has been maintained. We are with the nation and with the civil society in this crusade against corruption. We are taking steps for the Lokpal Bill,” he added.

The government talked tough on Hazare’s demand for an effective Lokpal Bill earlier today, saying it cannot accede to the demands of the chairmanship of the joint drafting committee being given to a civil society member and for issuing an official notification.

A meeting of Sibal with anti-corruption activists Swami Agnivesh and Arvind Kejriwal, which was scheduled to be held this morning, did not take place with both sides saying they were waiting for each other.

According to reports, Sibal later held a held a telephonic conversation with Agnivesh, where the former clearly stated the government’s stand on the issue and also called for another round of talks at 6 p.m. today.

“Only government officials will be members of the join drafting committee. We are willing to issue an official letter instead of a notification from the department of the government of India, maybe the Law ministry, to constitute the committee. All the other conditions are acceptable to us,” said Sibal.

“Third round of talks between government and anti-corruption activists on Lokpal Bill issue will be held at 6 p.m.,” he added. (ANI)

Related Stories

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Posted in National |