Lokpal panel to meet today

Posted on 15 June 2011

Lokpal panel to meet today

Lokpal panel to meet todayEtv2 News @15th june 2011

On Tuesday the Congress defended finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s remarks that civil society cannot dictate passage of the Lokpal bill.

Anna Hazare on the other hand countered the govt offensive saying that people were the masters of the country and must be consulted before decisions were taken.

Hazare, who led the civil society movement for a strong Lokpal bill, said the significance of parliament cannot be be denied but people must be consulted before taking decisions. He said people were masters of the country and had the right to question their representatives.

“Parliament is a big thing, but bigger than parliament at the centre is the state assembly, and bigger than that is the panchayat in villages, they don’t realise this,” Anna Hazare said.

He was reacting to Pranab Mukherjee’s statement in Kolkata on Sunday that civil society members had no right to dictate terms to parliament on when to pass the anti-corruption Lokpal bill.

Hazare has threatened to launch another indefinite hunger strike if the Lokpal bill is not passed by Aug 15.

Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi defended Mukherjee’s remarks, saying that democratic countries were run by a constitution and a process. Targeting members of civil society, he said that people have elected five assemblies in April-May elections and it would be odd if questions are raised on the process.

“If someone stands up in the name of civil society and democracy and raises questions on elections, how would it be… Democracy does not work like this. Everyone in the country has to pass through the process. What bill will be passed, it has to be decided there (in parliament). I think saying anything against it is undemocratic,” Dwivedi said.
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Lokpal panel to meet today

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