Congress ups ante against Hazare

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  1. Vyom

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    With Anna Hazare team questioning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's honesty, Congress on Monday upped the ante against the Gandhian seeking explanations from him on Justice P B Sawant's report which had indicted the trust he was associated with in a graft case.

    Party spokesperson Manish Tewari said, "People who hold the mirror of morality to the whole country and want to teach values to others, should also see their faces in the same mirror. Many people have asked what Hazare has to say on the remarks by Justice Sawant in his report against Hazare."

    The Maharashtra state government had instituted a Commission of Inquiry under Justice P B Sawant, in September 2003 to inquire into allegations of corruption and maladministration against several people, including Anna Hazare.

    The Commission submitted its report on February 22, 2005 in which it criticised Hind Swaraj Trust for spending 2.20 lakhs of its funds on the birthday celebrations of Hazare finding it to be a "corrupt" practice. It also indicted Sant Yadavbaba Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, a trust with which Hazare is associated since its inception in 1980 for committing "illegalities" in its audits.

    Tewari said "when you raise the issue of morality, then it becomes your responsibility to answer if any commission of inquiry raises questions on your conduct."

    Tewari also made light of Hazare's plans to meet the Chief Justice of India to ensure that his proposed hunger strike on August 16 does not meet the fate of Ramdev's fast at Ramlila ground where the police allegedly lathicharged the participants.

    Demanding that their version of the bill, the Jan Lokpal Bill, be brought in Parliament for discussion, Hazare said, "We want our version to be introduced in Parliament. If you send a weak bill, what will you discuss?"

    Opposing the contention that the Lokpal will look into corruption at higher-level, he alleged that the government draft leaves out everything that matters to the common man and that none of the big scams come under the ambit of the anti- corruption ombudsman.

    "Even the scams which came to light in the recent times do not come under the ambit of Lokpal. Whether it is Adarsh scam, Commonwealth Games scam, food grain scam, Reddy Brothers scam, Taj Corridor scam, JMM case, cash-for-vote, fodder scam, Karnataka land scam -- none of these will come under the ambit of Lokpal," Hazare claimed in the letter.

    It raises a "big" question, he claimed, that who will come under the ambit of Lokpal and the government was now trying to set up a new institution which has no powers as it did in the past.

    He also questioned the government's rationale in sending letters to Chief Ministers seeking their views on setting up Lokayukta in states, saying that the issue is under concurrent list and there was no need for such correspondence.

    "Did they write letters to Chief Ministers for the 73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments (related to Panchayati Raj and urban local bodies)? This time such a letter was written with a purpose," he said.

    In his letter, Hazare said, "You are putting the ball in Chief Ministers' court and the Chief Ministers (are) hitting the ball back to you. Both parties are shifting their responsibilities on to each others' shoulders," he said.

    Contesting the government's claim that it could not bring all the employees under the Lokpal, he asked whether the government intended to allow them to indulge in corruption.

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    how are the Lokayukt going to selected? Are the people going to select them or the Anna Hazare team.
     
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    There is a sticky thread on the Lokpal bill, something like "Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption" briefly detailing the draft prepared by the Hazare team. You will find your answer there.
     

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