Noida, Dec 29 (ANI): Former top cop and close associate of veteran social activist Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, has said that members of Parliament should participate in voting in both the houses of the Parliament and not walk out.
Bedi flayed certain Parliamentarians for walking out and not participating in the voting process for Lokpal Bill.
"What I had asked was that do we elect Parliamentarians to walk out from the Parliament or to vote in the Parliament? I feel that we vote them and choose them to make their views clear in the Parliament; they should vote instead of walking out," said Bedi.
"Today we will see who votes for what and they should not walk out. If somebody walks out that means he is running away from the challenges and is hiding his thoughts and wants to stay away from any kind of problem," she added.
She also reiterated her team's demand that central police, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), should be freed from clutches of the government and should be brought under Lokpal, for carrying out free and independent inquiries in cases of corruption and nepotism.
"Many a times, ministers are accused of rape and corruption charges, but the police stations are not able to lodge a complaint against them. We have laws but there is strong interference in it; so to stop the interference we will have to free the CBI from administrative control and should bring it under Lokpal," stated Bedi.
Earlier in the day, a meeting of Anna Hazare's core committee was held at Noida.
The Lok Sabha passed a landmark Bill on Tuesday to create an anti-corruption Lokpal body - a post Hazare campaigned to have created during a two-week-long hunger strike this summer.
However, anti-graft activist Anna Hazare, 74, on Wednesday cut short a three-day hunger strike campaign calling for stronger legislation to combat corruption as concerns mounted over his health.
Hazare has opposed the Congress version of the Bill which is now before the Rajya Sabha, which can delay the legislation by sending it back to the Lok Sabha to advise changes. The government lacks a majority in the Rajya Sabha. (ANI)