"A debate can take place at any place. It could be done at a seminar or in an open ground. It is good that all political parties at Jantar Mantar emphasised the importance of Parliament. We cannot overlook Parliament," Pawar said.
He was asked whether it was right for political parties to participate in the debate at Jantar Mantar yesterday when Parliament is already seized of the matter. He was speaking to reporters after a function at his residence here where he was greeted by his supporters on his 71st birthday.
His remarks came a day after several non-Congress parties including the BJP and the Left parties shared stage with Hazare at Jantar Mantar where he held a day-long fast to protest against the report of the Parliamentary Committee on the Lokpal bill.
Asked about his views on the Jan Lokpal Bill being advocated by Hazare, he merely said that everyone has the right to give his views and if someone gives a good suggestion, then it is welcome. "But Parliament is the place for final discussions and decision".
At the Jantar Mantar yesterday, several political parties flayed the government and the Parliamentary Standing Committee for preparing a weak Lokpal draft. Some of them also appealed to Anna and his team to be flexible in their approach towards the bill.