New Delhi: Veteran social activist and Gandhian Anna Hazare on Friday said he will be a part of the proposed anti-corruption committee proposed to keep pressure on the government.
Reacting to the Government's proposal of 50:50 committee, Anna Hazare said they have suggested co-chairpersons for the joint committee on drafting Lokpal Bill, addressing a press conference on Friday.
"We have achieved some success as the government has agreed to our 50-50 formula," said Hazare.
"We have rejected the government proposal for constituting the committee through a letter by the Law Ministry," he said.
Hazare also said that the anti-corruption movement has achieved a lot of success so far.
Earlier, the government on Friday reached out to Hazare and decided to set up a joint drafting committee to bring out a strict anti-corruption law.
The committee will have 10 members out of which five will be ministers and the other five will be from the civil society. Hazare will also be one of the members of the proposed committee.
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed that that all the points that were raised by Hazare's supporters have been met. The Government has also decided to introduce the Lokpal Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament.
"All points of substance have been met. We have agreed for a joint drafting committee. We will introduce the Bill (Lokpal Bill) in the monsoon session. The committee will have five nominee ministers of the Government and five members of Hazare," said Singhvi while addressing a press conference in New Delhi.
"The Congress is with the crusade against corruption. We have shown that whenever there are credible allegations the Congress party has taken concrete actions and full transparency has been maintained. We are with the nation and with the civil society in this crusade against corruption. We are taking steps for the Lokpal Bill," he said.
The convenor of drafting committee will be Law Minister Veerappa Moily.
However, the Congress also took a tough stand against some activists and questioned the role of the civil society.
The party said that accountability lies with politicians and no responsible government could accept some of the demands that had been put forward by the anti-corruption crusaders.
Hazare's supporters on Friday said that the there should be a co-chairperson of the committee and a Government order should be issued for the same. The demand for a Government order is a climbdown from their earlier demand for a notification.
The activists also made it clear that if the Government did not agree to a co-chairperson their agitation and Hazare's fast would continue.
Hazare has launched a fast-unto-death at New Delhi's Jantar Mantar demanding strict anti-corruption law. His fast entered the fourth day on Friday and his crusade has spread like wildfire across the country.
Massive protests have been reported from several other cities including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Patna, Bhopal, Jaipur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Nashik, Ranchi, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram.