Hazare attacks Rahul, says FDI row aimed at stalling Lokpal

RALEGAN SIDDHI: Bringing Rahul Gandhi in the line of fire, Anna Hazare today alleged that Congress might have taken a U-turn on contentious issues of lower bureaucracy and CBI in Lokpal under his instructions and claimed that the government was delaying resolution of FDI imbroglio to avoid passing Jan Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament.

Hazare launched a scathing attack on government accusing it of dishonouring an assurance given by Parliament and later by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that lower bureaucracy, Citizen’s Charter and setting up Lokayuktas through a central law will be included in Lokpal.

“I think there is no coordination in this government. Standing Committee took a decision (on inclusion of Group C employees in Lokpal). I think after this decision was taken Rahul Gandhi must have told something else that no, no, no (it should not be taken).

“They operate under the instructions given by him. I think it is Rahul Gandhi who has instructed them not to include Group C and D employees under Lokpal. If you don’t include this, public will teach you a lesson,” he told reporters.

“May be Rahul Gandhi told (the Congress members on the panel) on phone not to bring these two-three issues,” he said, adding “this is my guess. You know that when there is smoke there is fire. It is not necessary that the fire is seen.”

Hazare’s comments came a day after Parliamentary Standing Committee on Lokpal decided against the inclusion of Group C employees under the ombudsman and to have a new set up to select CBI Director as against its earlier decision.

Asked why the government was not resolving the FDI imbroglio to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament, Hazare said he suspected that they were doing this as they do not want the Jan Lokpal Bill be passed.

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