Hazare has right to fast but making law Parliament's job: Congress

With Anna Hazare observing a one-day fast at Jantar Mantar demanding justice for whistleblowers, Congress on Sunday said while the activist has every right to sit on fast, the authority to make laws lies with Parliament.

"Anna ji has a right to fast. However, what kind of law will be framed, how it will be framed are issues which will be decided by Parliament, and not by an individual. Parliament makes laws which it thinks are most appropriate," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said here.

He also said the government was committed to bringing a Lokpal for which it was trying to create a consensus.

"As far as Lokpal is concerned, government is committed. Everybody knows that we do not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha. So we are trying to take all parties along with the Congress to get the law passed in Parliament," Alvi said.
The Congress leader said Hazare's fast did not make much difference as Parliament represented the will of the people.

"Fasting by Anna Hazare does not make a difference. Parliament is supreme and the public sends its representatives to the Parliament. And these representatives make laws which they think are the most appropriate."

"If some individual thinks that there are lacunae in that law, then that is his personal opinion," he said.

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