Mayawati dares Team Anna to fight LS polls
Last Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 00:35
Lucknow: UP Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday dared Team Anna to fight
the next general elections if it wants the Jan Lokpal Bill to be
passed in Parliament.
The BSP supremo asserted that BSP will not support Lokpal Bill in
Parliament till SC/ST and backward classes are represented in the
Days after she extended support to Anna Hazare's campaign, the UP
Chief Minister did a U-turn saying Team Anna should contest the Lok
Sabha polls in 2014 to get their Jan Lokpal Bill passed instead of
agitating at Ramlila ground.
She also asked the UPA and NDA to stop playing politics over the issue
and ensure that Anna Hazare ends his fast.
"BSP will not support Lokpal Bill till proper representation of SC/ST
and backward classes in the drafting committee of the bill is ensured
as per the Constitution," Mayawati told reporters here.
Advocating that only officials occupying top positions should be
brought in the ambit of the bill, she said the draft should be worked
out with consensus and passed by Parliament.
The Chief Minister said the bill should fulfil its aim of curbing
corruption and its provisions should be clear for everyone to
Over the issue of inclusion of Prime Minister and judiciary in the
ambit of the bill, Mayawati said that the party would support the
decision of the majority in Parliament.
A day after Hazare launched his indefinite fast on August 16, Mayawati
had in a statement said, "BSP and its government in UP is against
corruption and criminalisation of the politics since beginning and the
party supports Anna Hazare in his campaign."
Mayawati cautioned the Centre against "non-state" elements that could
violate law in the guise of the agitation and warned of strict action
against those who indulge in such antics.
"The state government will take strict action against those involved
in any kind of violence during the ongoing agitation in support of Jan
Lokpal Bill," Mayawati said.
Stating that she had received information about communal forces trying
to amend Constitution to deprive the SC/ST of their rights, Mayawati
asked the Centre to ensure that its intelligence agencies keep an eye
on such elements.
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