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FDI row aimed at stalling Lokpal, blames Hazare

Last updated on: December 2, 2011 20:19 IST

FDI row aimed at stalling Lokpal, blames Hazare

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Bringing Rahul Gandhi in the line of fire, Anna Hazare on Friday alleged that Congress might have taken a U-turn on contentious issues of lower bureaucracy and Central Bureau of Investigation in Lokpal under his instructions and claimed that the government was delaying resolution of Foreign Direct Investment (in retail) imbroglio to avoid passing Jan Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament.

Hazare launched a scathing attack on government accusing it of dishonouring an assurance given by Parliament and later by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that lower bureaucracy, Citizen's Charter and setting up Lokayuktas through a central law will be included in Lokpal.

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Image: Anna Hazare

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'Govt operates under the instructions of Rahul'

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"I think there is no coordination in this government. Standing Committee took a decision (on inclusion of Group C employees in Lokpal). I think after this decision was taken Rahul Gandhi must have told something else that no, no, no (it should not be taken)," Hazare said.

"They operate under the instructions given by him. I think it is Rahul Gandhi who has instructed them not to include Group C and D employees under Lokpal. If you don't include this, public will teach you a lesson," he told mediapersons.

"May be Rahul Gandhi told (the Congress members on the panel) on phone not to bring these two-three issues," he said, adding "this is my guess. You know that when there is smoke there is fire. It is not necessary that the fire is seen."

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Image: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

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'Govt betraying the entire country'

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Hazare's comments came a day after Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal decided against the inclusion of Group C employees under the ombudsman and to have a new set up to select CBI Director as against its earlier decision.

Asked why the government was not resolving the FDI imbroglio to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament, Hazare said he suspected that they were doing this as they do not want the Jan Lokpal Bill be passed.

Describing the move as "betrayal of the entire country," Hazare said, "On one hand the Prime Minister says corruption is to be curbed but on other, you say Group C and D staff will not be brought under the Lokpal ambit."

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Image: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh

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'Today CBI is under government control'

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For incorporating these provisions, you do not need to spend any extra money or have additional personnel, he said.

"We have been saying from the beginning that Lokpal should be an autonomous institution. Today CBI is under government control. We are saying that there should be autonomy, that the government should not have control (over CBI)," he said.

On Gandhi's demand for conferring Constitutional status to Lokpal, Hazare said he was not against the idea but warned against government interference.



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