Lokpal Bill: Congress takes the fight to civil society camp

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first_imgPushed to a corner, the Congress has now decided to come out fighting against Team Anna. The party has decided to adopt a tough stand against the civil society members and has advised the government to draft only one Lokpal Bill and then hold a series of discussions in the cabinet, the Parliament, the standing committee and with other political parties.The shift comes in the wake of growing endorsement of its view from leaders such as Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad, among others.The UPA allies – NCP, DMK and Trinamool Congress – too have asked the party to take a stern stand against the civil society members saying “pandering to them beyond a point is dangerous to parliamentary democracy”, a source said.Hours after Anna Hazare threatened to go on another fast, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and HRD minister Kapil Sibal had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh where he is understood to have discussed the issues.It is believed that Congress leaders have advised the PM that there is no need to capitulate before a bunch of “self-styled” civil society members.Digvijay, who claimed the meeting was a routine affair, said the government should prepare one report. Asked about the differences between Team Anna and the government, he said: “There can be unanimity on many provisions. You can give two or three options. Intentions of both sides should not be suspected.”The government has an open mind but the civil society members should also understand that there is a Parliament that frames rules. All their concerns could be discussed by the Parliament, standing committee and political parties.” Being pushed to the wall till recently, the party now feels that while the government has walked the extra mile to engage them, the civil society members themselves have exposed their “political leanings”. “If they insist that only their draft should be adopted, it is not democratic,” AICC spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said.advertisementThe party is crafting a two-pronged strategy to deal with what it calls a campaign by ” a section of civil society propped up the BJP- RSS combine” to destabilise the UPA government.While the Centre will try to counter Team Anna through legal, parliamentary and Constitutional means, the party will launch a nationwide campaign to create awareness about the steps taken by the government on various graft cases even as the BJP continues to “shield” its corrupt CMs.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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