Apr 23, 2011, 12.11am IST
“Since the day the decision was taken to form a committee for drafting the Lokpal Bill, its Civil Society members are under attack from some quarters. On the face of it, they are politicians but a strong business-bureaucrat lobby could be fully supporting it from behind the scenes,” said social activists associated with the two organisations.
“First, Union minister of human resource development (MHRD) Kapil Sibal ridiculed the proposed bill saying how could a Lokpal Act ensure education to every child and potable drinking water to every citizen in India. Now, Sibal must be asked that as MHRD, isn’t it his responsibility to ensure education to every child in India? He did get the Right to Education (RTE) Act implemented but cheated the people, especially the poor, by keeping the notion of common school system out of RTE. Without the common school system, i.e., every child going to the same kind of school system, the RTE doesn’t have much meaning,” said NAPM and LRM in the statement.
Further, the statement stated, “Digvijay Singh wants the expenses of Anna Hazare’s fast to be investigated. Does he consider it more serious and urgent an issue than investigation into the 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Society scams? The Civil Society members of drafting committee for Lokpal Bill have made their assets public.”
The statement added, “The CD produced by Amar Singh is mischievous. It is unimaginable that Prashant and Shanti Bhushan who have alleged that more than half of the past 15 Supreme Court chief justices were corrupt would have tried to influence any of the judges. Amar Singh is a politician who has lost relevance today. He has, during his political life, not taken up a single cause affecting common people, whereas Prashant and Shanti Bhushan have taken up many cases of public interest without accepting any fees. The fact that Amar Singh is behind this CD controversy is enough not to take it seriously.” The statement also said, “Digvijay Singh has targeted Justice Santosh Hegde, saying that he has not been an effective Lokayukta in Karnataka. He also said that if Anna Hazare takes up a campaign against the corruption of Mayawati government in UP, his party would support him wholeheartedly. It appears that Digvijay Singh wants action against everybody else except those in his own party. If a strong Lokpal Act, as envisaged by the Civil Society, comes into effect, it would become impossible for the gentlemen like those mentioned above to survive in politics.” The statement was signed by signed by social activists Alok Agarwal, J P Singh, Madhuresh Kumar, Sandeep Pandey, Arundhati Dhuru, S R Darapuri, Ajit Jha, Gautam Bandopadhyay and Kavita Srivastava.