Slapgate: Pawar makes veiled attack on Hazare

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Sharad Pawar
Mumbai, Nov 25: In a veiled attack on Anna Hazare, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said attempts to show "disrespect" to Parliamentary institutions could be a reason for the assault on him. Addressing a press conference here, the NCP President said he was not blaming any political party for the attack on him in Delhi yesterday (His ally Congress had sought to link the incident to BJP).

"I have no proof to say this and hence I am not taking a political approach on the matter. However, attempts to show disrespect to Parliamentary institutions could a reason of the attack," Pawar said.

The NCP leader declined to take Hazare's name, saying he has never commented on his statements. People in certain quarters have accused Hazare's anti- corruption campaign of undermining democratic institutions. Asked about Maharashtra Government engaging the social activist on policy decisions in the past, Pawar said it was the duty of the Government to engage people from different walks of life, but it should know whose suggestions to take.

"I have always kept that in mind," the former Chief Minister maintained. "Such people are exposed some time or the other. If democratic institutions are continuously attacked, it will lead to anarchy. It is wrong to say that what I say should be implemented. Individuals are not important." Pawar admitted certain policy decisions may have proved wrong in recent times and come under the scanner of the courts.

"However, Parliament is important and it was to be respected otherwise democracy will have to pay a heavy price. People should bear this in mind." 

PTI

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