Leader of anti-corruption movement questions rationale of a joint committee to draft bill if government wants to send two separate drafts to the Cabinet
New Delhi: With the talks on the Lokpal Bill deadlocked, Anna Hazare today alleged that the government was "playing tricks" and he threatened to resort to agitation again if a strong anti-corruption bill was not passed.
Mr Hazare also questioned the rationale behind sending two versions of the Lokpal Bill to the Cabinet for consideration, PTI reports.
"If they bring a weak bill, certainly we will have to go back to agitation. It appears that the government is going back on its promises. We may have to revive our Jantar Mantar agitation which was stopped for sometime," he said.
A day after the sixth meeting of the joint drafting committee on the Lokpal Bill, Mr Hazare said he did not understand the need for setting up a joint committee to draft the bill if it was to send two drafts to the Cabinet for consideration.
"They (government) have wasted our time. We had our draft ready earlier and they too had theirs. Then why did they not bring this to the Cabinet earlier. The government is playing tricks," Mr Hazare alleged.
After the disagreements between the government and civil society increased yesterday, Union minister Kapil Sibal said that two versions of the Bill would be put to the Cabinet for its consideration if there unanimity could not be achieved.
Mr Hazare alleged that the government did not have the "will" to enact a strong Lokpal Bill which has provisions to send corrupt people to jail. "What is the point of according sanction to a weak bill? If a weak bill is passed, then we will have to protest. If it is a weak bill, then there is no gain for the people," he said.
"Bringing the Lokpal Bill is not on the government's mind. We are not getting any personal benefit from this. What is the point of having such a draft that cannot help India get rid of corruption," he said.
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