Team Anna on Saturday dismissed an imminent breakthrough in the Lokpal logjam. Even as Parliament debated the Lokpal Bill, Team Anna has expressed unhappiness after speaking to Law Minister Salman Khurshid.
Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s associate Prashant Bhushan accused the government of going back on its word of passing a resolution in Parliament as the fasting Gandhian had demanded.
Slamming the government for diluting the Lokpal Bill debate in Parliament, Bhushan said the least it wanted was a resolution followed by a voting on three key issues.
“Yesterday there was an impression that there would be a resolution on the key issues, to be voted upon. Now we are being told there won’t be any resolution. Nor will there be any voting. Only discussion will happen,” Bhushan told reporters in Delhi.
“This is not what we had understood. It’s not meaningful. At least the House should move a motion and a voting should take place under Rule 184 as mentioned by Anna Hazare in his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday,” he said, adding, “This is very unfortunate. Why is there no viting?”
On being asked if Hazare would break his fast on Saturday, Bhushan said, “That is a decision that Anna has to take.”
Maintaining that a voting was a must, Bhushan said, “People of this country need to know where our parties/MPs stand over the three issues that are being debated in Parliament today.”
Parliament on Saturday debated the Lokpal Bill, including three contentious issues raised by Team Anna, including covering the entire bureaucracy and Citizens’ Charter for public grievances under Lokpal and Lokayuktas in the states.