New Delhi, Aug 17 (ANI): Emphasising that social activist Anna Hazare may be inspired by high ideals in his campaign to set up a effective Lok Pal, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the former had sought to impose his version of the Lokpal Bill which was "totally misconceived".
Making a statement on Hazare's arrest in Parliament, Dr. Singh said: I acknowledge that Hazare may be inspired by high ideals in his campaign to set up a strong and effective Lok Pal. However, the path that he has chosen to impose his draft of a Bill upon Parliament is totally misconceived and fraught with grave consequences for our parliamentary democracy," he added.
Making it clear that the issue between the government and Anna Hazare is not one of different attitudes to fighting corruption, Dr. Singh said:" In my Independence Day address, I spoke at length about the need to deal effectively with corruption. I would like to assure the House that we are determined to provide a government that is transparent, accountable and responsive at all times and determined to fight corruption."But as I said on 15 August at the Red Fort, there is no magic wand by which, in one stroke, we will get rid of menace the of corruption. We have to work simultaneously on several fronts. In my address, I have outlined some of the measures we intend to put in place to strengthen our fight against corruption. I invite all sections of this House to join hands with us to deal with the cancer of corruption," he added.
With respect to the events of yesterday, Dr Singh said: "I will only say that a functional democracy must allow multiple voices to be heard. But differences of opinion must be resolved thorough dialogue and consensus.
" Those who believe that their voice and their voice alone represents the will of 1.2 billion people should reflect deeply on that position. They must allow the elected representatives of the people in Parliament to do the job that they were elected for," he added
Emphasising that India is an emerging economy, Dr. Singh said: " We are now emerging as one of the important players on the world stage. There are many forces that would not like to see India realize its true place in the Comity of Nations."
"We must not play into their hands. We must not create an environment in which our economic progress is hijacked by internal dissension. We must keep our mind focused on the need to push ahead with economic progress for the upliftment of the 'aam aadmi'," he added. (ANI)
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