Dalits join anti-Anna chorus, dub fast anti-constitutional
Published: Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011, 8:30 IST
By Alok Deshpande | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
While anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare is all set to begin his
three-day fast in protest against the government's weak Lokpal bill,
certain groups in the city have dubbed the Gandhian's fast as
Protesting against Anna Hazare's fast, Namdeo Dhasal,
founder-president of Dalit Panther, demanded that the central
government should take action against Hazare who has been "promoting
disharmony in the nation."
Dhasal will be leading an anti-Anna protest march. The protesters will
meet Hazare on the first day of his three-day fast and give him a
memorandum requesting him not to go ahead with his fast.
"Anna's agitation and his demands are threat to our Constitution and
they are totally anarchist in nature. This Constitution has provided
us with safety and rights. Going against Constitution is going against
nation's interests. Why is the government taking such a defensive
stand against Anna and his team?" asked Dhasal.
He said the government should control Anna well in time.
"When we carried agitations and shouted against the government, there
was no delay in filing cases against us. But Anna seems to have no
control and is talking about revolt. There should be an action against
him," he said.
Starting their march from Bandra, the protesters will first visit Anna
at the MMRDA grounds and will then proceed to meet the governor.
Like Dhasal, National Campaign for Equal Opportunity (NCEO) is also
protesting against Anna's fast. NCEO conveyor Sunil Kadam, who
organised a three-day dharna in Azad Maidan against the Jan Lokpal,
said instead of curbing corruption Anna's Jan Lokpal will increase it.
"What guarantee does Hazare have that the new bureaucracy will be free
of corruption? Making new law is not an answer to corruption. Existing
laws should be implemented stringently," said Kadam, adding that
"there should be a demand to strengthen the judiciary to increase the
number of courts and also to improve the judicial procedure."
Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athavale on Monday made
it clear that though he is against corruption, he does not support
Anna's means of protest of blackmailing Parliament.
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