New Delhi Civil Society members led by Anna Hazare on Friday fully backed Baba Ramdevalt39s proposed indefinite fast and said there was no competition to outshine anyone by any group as they all are working together, reports PTI. ” It is not a co
mpetition. Ultimately we will have to think about the country. We will have to think about the welfare of the people.
Ramdev is taking up some issues. Anna Hazare has taken up some issues. No one is outshining anyone,” Hazarealt39s close associate Arvind Kejriwal said.
On Ramdevalt39s proposed fast, he said, ” we are fully supporting his movement.” Asked about governmentalt39s observation that there was no consensus among the civil society, he retorted saying has there been any consensus among the 543 MPs in Parliament on any issue. ” I want to ask the Ministers who said there is no consensus among the civil society, has there been any consensus in Parliament on any issue barring the issue of raising their salaries. In democracy there is bound to be various shades of opinion,” he said. On hurdles in the talks with the government for drafting the Lokpal Bill, he said they will keep fighting for their demands.
” If we feel government is going to give us a weak legislation, then there will be no option but to go to the streets again. If there is division in the civil society, does that mean we should not have a Lokpal bill,” he said on the sidelines of a consultation meeting with media personnel on the proposed bill. Another civil society member Prashant Bhushan said they support most of the demands of the yoga guru. ” We support most of his demands. Most of his demands are related to dealing with corruption.
We support his demands and hope that government would come out to address them,” he said. ” I have not gone through all his demands.
But broadly I can say we support his demand on land acquisition.
We support his view that genetically modified food should not be allowed. We also support his demand for seizure of black money and cancellation of double taxation treaty with Mauritius.
However, he said he personally did not support the demand for capital punishment as maximum punishment for those involved in corruption. ” I personally do not support hanging somebody for being involved in corruption. I personally do not support hanging as punishment,” he said. ” I also support his demand for abolishing Rs 500, Rs 1,000 denomination notes which will help in curbing corruption.