Spurning the strict conditions imposed by the Delhi Police on his proposed fast from 16th August, social activist Anna Hazare on Saturday sought the intervention of PM Manmohan Singh.
In a late night response to Hazare who rejected Delhi police conditions to limit his protest to three days and 5,000 people, Singh told the social activist that his grievances needed to be “addressed by the statutory authorities who have taken the decision”.
“My office does not in any way get involved in the decision-making process”, the Prime Minister said on Saturday.Singh said “the terms and conditions on which you are entitled to carry on with your protest are decided by the statutory authorities concerned taking into account the prevailing circumstances and other relevant factors”.
The Prime Minister went on to add “we are all committed to the Constitution of India and to uphold it in both letter and spirit”.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday, after Delhi Police sent a letter carrying 22 conditions, Hazare made it clear that he was ready for any eventuality in case government decides to crackdown on his protest, saying he would not mind going jail or beaten up by police.
The government introduced Lokpal Bill in Lok Sabha which has been referred to Standing Committee of Parliament and is expected to be taken up in the winter session.
The ambit of the proposed legislation excludes the Prime Minister, the higher judiciary and the conduct of MPs inside Parliament but Hazare wants the Bill to cover them besides the entire bureaucracy.