PM’s statement on Hazare disappointing: Nitish

August 17th, 2011 - 10:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Patna, Aug 17 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Wednesday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement in parliament regarding the police action against anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare was “disappointing”.

“PM Singh has disappointed me and all by his statement in parliament,” Kumar said.

Earlier in the day, Manmohan Singh had said: “The path he (Anna) has chosen to impose his draft of a bill upon parliament is totally misconceived and fraught with grave consequences for our parliamentary democracy.”

Nitish Kumar said that it was not expected from the prime minister as he is considered above petty politics.

“It is beyond comprehension what threat the movement launched by Hazare has to the government. Everybody has the right to protest democratically in a non-violent way,” he said.

Nitish alleged that central government was trying to suppress a peaceful and democratic movement. “The central government was afraid of the massive support to Anna’s movement against corruption across the country” he said.

Kumar said powerful people in the government must see the writing on the wall. “Any government cannot deprive people of their right of protest in a democracy,” he said.

Nitish Kumar said that police action against Anna Hazare reminded of the emergency period in 1974.

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