No problems with Ansari’s candidature: Team Anna

Parliament a place where ‘deals are struck’,says Kejriwal

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 3:35:36 am

Twelve days ahead of Team Anna’s indefinite fast demanding SIT inquiry against 15 ministers,RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal courted controversy yet again by describing Parliament as “saudon ka adda (a place where deals are struck)”. His colleague from Team Anna Prashant Bhushan said that they had no problems with the candidature of Vice-President Hamid Ansari.

Responding to a question about Team Anna’s position on Ansari’s candidature,Kejriwal said: “These days it is difficult to distinguish between the government and Opposition because Parliament has become a seat of deals. People want to know what deals have been struck where. The CBI is the prime tool in these deals — look at how the agency has been used in the past to seek support of people like Mulayam Singh and Mayawati. People now want to know what are the deals that have been struck for the Presidential polls.”

Interestingly,Team Anna — in its renewed attacks on Pranab Mukherjee and apprehensions about his going “scot-free because of presidential immunity” should he get elected to the highest office in the country — seems to have recovered completely from their abhorrence of Ansari.

The UPA’s V-P nominee had chaired the aborted Lokpal proceedings in the Rajya Sabha,and had been criticised by Lokpal activists.

“We do not have a problem with the candidature of Ansari. All we had wanted was that a tainted man should not get elevated to the post of the President and that is exactly what will happen should Mukherjee,against whom the Shah Commission made such scathing observations,becomes the President,” said Bhushan on Monday.

Meanwhile,in a signed letter to Satyavrat Chaturvedi,chairman of the Rajya Sabha Select Committee that is examining the Lokpal Bill,Team Anna has questioned the panel’s seriousness. Referring to the August resolution passed in both Houses of Parliament that sought to include the entire government staff under Lokpal,inclusion of citizen charter and constitution of Lokayuktas in states,they have asked whether this was an “united effort of all political parties to dupe the people of India”.

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