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Safer to trust people than MPs or MLAs: Team Anna

Hitting out at politicians,the team argues for more people's participation in lawmaking process.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: January 25, 2012 5:23:37 pm

Hitting out at politicians on the eve of Republic Day,Team Anna today argued for more people’s participation in lawmaking process claiming that one cannot trust elected representatives as they could easily be managed by corporates who have “vested” interests.

Seeking to counter the argument that common man cannot understand complex issues like Lokpal Bill,nuclear energy or GM foods,it asked whether the MPs or Ministers were experts on these subjects to deal with them.

Team Anna alleged that the lawmakers ignore people’s wishes while framing laws and often take decisions on the basis of “self interest or on extraneous and often corrupt” considerations.

It said people often use of money and muscle power to get elected and this is why major parties were lining up to induct even those persons who have been “kicked out for corruption by the corrupt BSP government” on the eve of the elections.

Team Anna also accused the government of using obstructionist tactics and engineering disturbances during debate on Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha to ensure that the legislation was not enacted.

The accusations against the government is part of a concept note it publicised for a seminar ‘Rebuilding the Republic’ being organised by Team Anna here tomorrow. Anna Hazare will not attend the seminar due to health concerns.

“These elected representatives are far easier to manage by commercial vested interests than the entire electorate. Therefore,it would be much safer to trust the people than these elected representatives,” the note said.

Rubbishing arguments that people cannot comprehend complex issues,it asked “but are our MPs or Ministers experts on these subjects? After all they are deciding such critical matters which affect large sections of society. If they can take a view on it by taking into account the views of experts,so can the people.”

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