The public at large may be exhilarated about the victory of Anna Hazare’s four-day fast that eventually forced the government to issue a notification on the joint committee to draft the bill but political parties have reacted differently to Mr Hazare’s fast that ranges from adulation and support to outright condemnation of the social activist’s method.
Congress for its part not wanting to be seen as having buckled under pressure said that the nation has to look forward and not the past. Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, “Let bygones be bygones. We want to spend our energies on the actual draft of the bill. Our agreement is to move towards a solution.”
Sensing the mood of the nation, the BJP too threw its weight behind the anti-corruption crusader and an effective Lokpal Bill. Party president Nitin Gadkari said, “We will support the bill. The BJP wants a corruption-free India and we welcome the efforts put in by Anna Hazare.” The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) too praised Mr Hazare’s fight against the social menace. Senior leader Surendra Jain said, “We laud Hazare’s effort to fight corruption. It has made the government reconsider the Lokpal Bill. This is also the victory of our countrymen’s determination.” Asian Age