After spending crores of rupees in elections, leaders of political parties are now competing with each other to support Mr Anna Hazare’s agitation against corruption.
Though the main Opposition BJP is on the forefront to back Mr Hazare, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, RLD chief Ajit Singh, BJS leader Uma Bharti, INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala and others not lagging behind it in backing Mr Hazare.
A section of the BJP has already started projecting Mr Hazare as Jayaprakash Narayan who had led the movement against corruption during 1973-75 that had led to the imposition of Emergency.
Even the Left parties on Thursday asked the government to consult all political parties, social activists and citizens’ groups to finalise a new draft Lokpal legislation while backing Mr Hazare.
“It is imperative that the government set up a mechanism without delay to consult all political parties, social activists and concerned citizens’ groups to finalise a new draft legislation,” the CPI(M) Politburo said, adding that the draft Lokpal Bill proposed by the government was inadequate and will not serve the purpose.
Calling UPA-II government “one of the worst patrons of corruption at high places”, senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said corruption scandals in Tamil Nadu and those relating to 2G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games, Adarsh Housing Society, Antrix-Isro, cash-for-votes, illegal mining and IPL funding “reminds us of the timeless story of Ali Baba and 40 thieves”.
In an editorial in party organ People’s Democracy, Mr Yechury said: “There is, however, a crucial difference in the present situation. The 40 thieves are running amok in the absence of an Ali Baba”.
But Union minister Virbhadra Singh termed the BJP’s support to Mr Hazare’s fast-unto-death for a stronger anti-corruption law as “hypocritical”. Asian Age