Anna Hazare on Monday wrote to Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the “smear” campaign launched against civil society members of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill and asked her to advise her “colleagues” not to try to derail the process of drafting of law.
In a two-page letter to Ms. Gandhi, he complained against a party general secretary, who has been attacking his campaign, of making many statements which were “factually wrong” and asked her whether she approved them.
He also referred to an unnamed minister, who is part of the ten-member joint committee on the bill, and charged him with making false statements that the civil society representatives have “succumbed” to government’s pressure and “diluted” the law.
Congress leader Digvijay Singh had questioned on Sunday the amount raised for Mr. Hazare’s fast. Earlier Union Minister and joint committee member Kapil Sibal had expressed some controversial views on the Bill.
As the war over the alleged fake CD involving eminent lawyer and panel co-chair Shanti Bhushan intensified, he said “the developments of the last few days have been a cause for concern.
“It seems that the corrupt forces in the country have united to derail the process of drafting an effective anti-corruption law through the joint committee. Together we have to defeat their designs,” Mr. Hazare said.
He said one of their strategies is to “smear the reputations” of civil society members in the committee.
“Whereas I am of the view that the people working for public must be subjected to public scrutiny, however, when blatantly false accusations are made, fabricated CDs are planted, then one feels that the purpose is not an honest public scrutiny but to tarnish reputations.
“They have not even spared me, even though I have lived a simple life following on the path of truth. However, I am happy that despite all their efforts, the vested interests could not dig out anything of substance. This has only raised the reputations of civil society members in the eyes of public,” he said.
The Gandhian said smear campaign of vested interests seemed to be back firing and people could see through what was happening.
He warned that the country was in “no mood” to wait any longer to have a strong anti-corruption law and expressed fears about the consequences if the process was “derailed” as people were “very agitated.”
Mr. Hazare wondered what would be the outcome if the government nominees in the committee were subjected to “similar scrutiny or witch hunt”. Agencies