With Anna Hazare sitting on a day-long token fast for a stronger Lokpal bill, the Congress on Sunday said the Centre is committed to a strong Lokpal bill but it is for Parliament to make the law.
Talking to reporters Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi: “The government is committed to a strong Lokpal but it is for Parliament to decide what kind of law has to be made. Anna Hazare is free to fast but the government is sincerely working towards Lokpal Bill. Parliament is supreme and it will make the law. Anna can’t dictate government.”
Replying to Team Anna’s charge hat the UPA government is not committed to a strong Lokpal, Alvi said people can have different view on things.
Large crowds gathered at the Jantar Mantar Sunday as Hazare began his day-long fast at 11 am in the capital.
Tricolours, Anna caps, patriotic songs — a day-long protest by Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar demanding justice for whistleblowers, who were killed fighting corruption, had all its usual ingredients. The dharna hotspot was almost full before 74-year-old Hazare emerged on the dais with his close aides at 11:15 am roaring ‘Vande Mataram, Bharat Mata ki Jai and Inquilab Zindabad’ in his inimitable style.
Waving tricolour and clapping to patriotic songs, the crowd responded to the chants of slogans raised by the India Against Corruption activists.
The mood was enthusiastic and passions were aroused as the protest started around 11 am with Team Anna member Kumar Vishwas challenging ministers to sent their children to streets to fight corruption.