Non-UPA parties share dais with Anna
Congress and other UPA constituents kept away but prominent leaders, including those from the Left and the Right, came together on a visibly anti-Congress platform at Hazare`s symbolic fast at Jantar Mantar, in protest against the Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Lokpal Bill.
Most of the leaders concurred with Hazare`s demands for inclusion of Prime Minister, lower bureaucracy and CBI`s anti-corruption wing under Lokpal but they did not favour bringing higher judiciary under the ombudsman and argued for a separate mechanism to check corruption in it.
Arun Jaitley (BJP), Sharad Yadav (JD-U), A B Bardhan and D Raja (CPI), Brinda Karat (CPI-M), K Yerran Naidu (TDP), Pinaki Mishra (BJD), Ramgopal Yadav (SP) and S S Dhindsa (Akali Dal), who participated in a debate, promised Hazare that they would do their utmost in Parliament to pin the government down to ensure that Lokpal is effective. INLD also sent a nominee with a letter of support.
Before winding up his fast, 74-year-old Hazare targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying he was "not able to take decisions" and there are "three-four people" who think they are Prime Ministers, but did not take any name. He also attacked Rahul Gandhi, saying "spending one day in a hut is just not enough" for him to aspire to be a Prime Minister. Hazare appealed to opposition to join his agitation for a strong Lokpal if they do not have the numbers to correct the government in Parliament.