Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and Team Anna member Kiran Bedi has said the Central Government is not serious about endorsing an effective Lokpal Bill, since it would be like sounding the death knell for corrupt politicians.
“The Lokpal Bill is a very tough law for people who are corrupt and they also happen to be in power. They also know that there is enough proof against them. It will be very difficult for them as they will be investigated and like former telecom minister A Raja they will go to jail because whistleblowers will gather enough proof against them. So this will not be enacted easily,” Bedi told media .
“It will be enacted when all of us stand together with Anna Hazare because these politicians count the number of people,” she added
Echoing similar sentiment, Team Anna member Manish Sisodia has said that an effective and strong Lokpal Bill couldn’t be expected from a cabinet that has corrupt ministers
“How can a country hope for a tough anti-graft law from a cabinet which has 16 ministers who have charges of corruption against them? We have absolutely no hope from this cabinet,” said Sisodia
He also said that the government was just buying time and it was all a drama to fool the people
“I don’t think there is any seriousness from the part of the government. It is just a ploy to show the country that look we were serious about getting the bill passed but we did not get the time as the parliament session got over,” he said.
“Other wise since 29 December last year, when the upper house, the Rajya Sabha discussed it, they have not got the time? There are no discussions, no cabinet meetings on the issue, no all-party meetings. What is this? Why are they doing this? It seems to be a drama just to show the country that they (government) wanted to get the Bill passed but could not get a common census. It is just a drama. The government is not serious at all,” he added.