The Congress party’s handling of the Anna Hazare’s upcoming fast leaves a bad taste in the month. It is fairly evident, as pointed out by Kiran Bedi, that the Delhi police was acting on behalf of the Government of India. The terms imposed on Team Anna by the Delhi police – arbitrary limitations on number of people, cars, days, etc. – are downright ridiculous, besides being unconstitutional. It appears as though the Govt. is trying to derail the fast by imposing random roadblocks.
When Team Anna approached the PM, instead of grabbing the opportunity to assert himself, he responded with a typical, damp squib. “Talk to the Delhi Police.” This is akin to a school principal arbitrarily telling his PT teacher that the children can’t play in the playground, and when the kids take the issue to the principal, he sends them promptly back to the PT teacher! The least the PM could do is to treat our citizens like adults and be more forthcoming on where exactly he stands on the issue.