Anna Hazare will start meetings with leaders of political parties from Wednesday. Among the non-political party people that Team Anna will meet are select leaders from Muslim and Christian organisations as well as leaders of the RSS.
“I expect to meet (Congress party president) Sonia Gandhi in a few days. In a democracy, we must speak to everyone, whatever their views. We have sent a message inviting the RSS because we want to create one country irrespective of caste, community or religion,” Hazare said at a meet the press organised by the Pune Union of Working Journalists here, referring to the comments by members of the Congress party.
Referring to the lack of comment from the Prime Minister over their demand to bring the PM under the Lok Pal Bill, Hazare said, “The prime minister, Manmohan Singh is not afraid but he is under the remote control. So, he has not responded to our letter requesting that the office of the PM be brought under the Lok Pal Bill.”
Taking on the contention of a section which has been questioning the role of `outsiders’ and their `intervention’, Hazare said, “Do these people believe in Rajiv Gandhi? Do they know that before the 73rd and 74th Amendments, he wrote to 5.5 lakh gram sabhas asking their view on the devolution of power to the gram sabhas? The gram sabha is the basis on which the superstructure of our democracy stand because they send elected representatitves to the legislatures, central and state. You do not get elected to a gram sabha: you are a member for life of the gram sabha! And these people are called outsiders? These are the people from who the legislators draw their power and in whose name the they legislate. How can they be `interfering outsiders’?”
Having already declared that the August 16 agitation will begin from Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, Hazare said they will fill jails and agitate there if the authorities do not allow them to meet in any public place.
Displaying his belief in democracy, Hazare maintained that should Parliament pass the Lok Pal Bill without any of the civil society’s suggestions, “We will have to accept it because Parliament has passed it.We have faith in the Parliament.” However, admitting reality, he said, “There are a lot of people in government who are drunk on power.” Economic Times