Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that bringing the PM under the purview of the proposed Lokpal legislation is something that would “not be advisable”. The PM’s observations here on Sunday came even as social activist Anna Hazare, who has been spearheading the movement for having the institution of the Lokpal once again, expressed his determination to go ahead with his proposed fast on August 16. The bill is expected to be introduced in Parliament on August 3.
While the PM in the past has said that he’s not opposed to bringing the PM under the Lokpal’s purview, he said the decision to keep the office out of it was taken after considering various factors. Dr Singh said: “The Lokpal Bill’s fate will be decided by Parliament. In a democracy, Parliament is a sovereign body, it should be allowed to function and discharge its duty.”
In the meantime, Mr Hazare, who arrived here Sunday, said he is willing to consider a change in the venue for his August 16 fast from Jantar Mantar to some other place as suggested by the Delhi police.
He said, “The issue is that corruption needs to be rooted out. We are not worried about the venue.”
On the Lokpal Bill cleared by the Union Cabinet last Thursday, he said the legislation was weak. “This is cheating. People will teach them a lesson,” he said. Asian Age