Team Anna tactics on Lokpal Bill unconstitutional

Mumbai: Team Anna`s pressure tactics to force the government to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament is "unconstitutional", a senior Dalit leader has said.

"It seems that Team Anna do not have faith on the Constitution. They are forcing the government to pass the Lokpal Bill," Namdeo Dhasal, Dalit Panther leader said. He, however, said Hazare has done nothing wrong in launching the anti-corruption campaign.

"We all are of the view that corruption should be eradicated. But to bring the Prime Minister and lower bureaucracy in the ambit of Lokpal is violating the spirit of the Constitution," Dhasal, a Padmashri awardee, said.

"Criminal cases should be registered against Team Anna for attempting to violate the constitutional framework," he said. "Our delegation will meet the President, Prime Minister and Home Minister to demand that criminal cases be registered against Team Anna," he said.

Asserting that the `Hindu Code Bill` should be passed in the Parliament, he said, it would strengthen the social fabric in the country. "One part of the Hindu Code Bill was passed in the Parliament in 1951. However its 3/4th part is yet to be passed and should be passed in the monsoon session," he added.

Dhasal said his organisation would continue with its opposition to Team Anna and Lokpal Bill by holding a `Ghatana Andolan` (constitutional protest) in Pune on January 11. Last month, the organisation launched an awareness campaign about the "unconstitutional" demand being made by Team Anna to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill.