Delhi Janlokpal Bill: Anna Hazare
Will step in if Centre obstructs Delhi Janlokpal Bill: Hazare
New Delhi,1 December: Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday said he will step in if the National Democractic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre puts obstructions in the way of Janlokpal Bill, introduced in Delhi Assembly by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. Hazare said to the reporters that during his discussions with the AAP leaders,Kumar Bishwas, he expressed apprehension that the Centre may pose obstructions as the legislation provides for probing corruption in Delhi, where the central government offices are located. “If that is the case then I assured them of my full support. I told them I am with them,” Hazare said when asked if he would launch an agitation on the issue.
He said the central government lacks the will to fight corruption and there should be no “parochial attitude” on the issue of dealing with graft. Hazare and some top activists of his team had in 2012 parted ways with the Kejriwal-led group, opposing their plans to form a political party, after a roller-coaster ride of 18 months in which they came together to run a high-steam anti-graft movement. One of its prominent poll promises, the AAP emphasised that the Bill is similar to its original 2011 version. It will empower the proposed ombudsman to act against any public servant in the national capital, including those of the Centre.