Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Team Anna claims massive public support for Jan Lokpal Bill
New Delhi, Aug 1: Undeterred to go on his fast against corruption, Gandhian Anna Hazare and his brigade today expressed their confidence in massive public support while claiming that they have received immense response from the public in support of their version of the Lokpal Bill.
Addressing mediapersons here on the day when Monsoon Session of Parliament also began, Mr Hazare said he would go ahead with his proposed fast for a strong Lokpal from August 16 at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal, his close aide, said, "The opinion poll carried out by the civil society in some Lok Sabha constituencies of the country showed that people want a strong Lokpal and there was an overwhelming response in favour of the civil society's version of the Lokpal Bill." He added that almost 85 per cent of the people are in favour of bringing the post of the Prime Minister under the ambit of the proposed Lokpal.
"The interim poll shows that majority are with our version of the Lokpal Bill. The people's view is that the Jan Lokpal Bill version should be accepted. What is to be seen is what Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal sees. There should be a public debate.
There was an overwhelming response of the people in Kapil Sibal's constituency," he said.
Mr Kejriwal claimed that in Amravati Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra, nearly 98 per cent of the people are in favour of the Jan Lokpal Bill.
"There has been a huge support for Jan Lokpal Bill. The question is that does the Government's Lokpal Bill gets the desired support of the people? If the Government is not listening to the people's view, is it democracy?" he asked.
The civil society representatives had carried out a referendum in Mr Sibal's Lok Sabha constituency Chandni Chowk. According to a statement issued by them, 4 lakh referendum forms were distributed of which 86,000 have been collected till now. The referendum forms constituted of a questionnaire of eight questions on components of the bill. The result of 72,000 forms has been compiled, rest 14,000 could not scanned as they got wet due to rains and will be done manually.