Congress dismisses Hazare's Lokpall Bill telecast demand

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Abhisek Manu Singhvi
New Delhi, April 12: The Congress Party on April 11 has rejected Anna Hazare's demand for telecasting proceedings of the joint committee that will draft the "Lokpal bill," a report said on April 12.

According to a report published by the Times of India, Congress Spokesman Abhisek Manu Singhvi was quoted as saying, "Let us not allow form to take the place of substance. Please do not put conditions and pre-conditions which might obstruct the basic objective."

He was also quoted as saying, "Statesmanship and maturity is required from stakeholders," the spokesperson said, adding that such conditions and preconditions could not be allowed which would inhibit candid discussions. "Transparency should not become hypocritical decision-making without candour. Therefore, balancing is important."

There has been a visible disagreement between the Congress Party and Anna Hazare on various issues related to the "Lokpal Bill." Earlier, the Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal was quoted as saying that the bill would not solve all problems, an allegation which Sibal says was misquoted. He later said that he was in full support of the bill and Anna Hazare.

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