New Delhi: Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday, replied to Anna Hazare's letter over Congress supporting smear campaign politics with respect to the CD controversy involving Amar Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shanti Bhushan.
In the letter, Sonia Gandhi writes, "I strongly support the institution of a Lokpal that is consistent with the practices and conventions of our Parliamentary democracy."
Below is the full text of Sonia Gandhi's letter to Anna Hazare:
Dear Anna Hazare Ji,
Thank you for the letter of April 18,2011.
Let me reiterate what i wrote to you earlier, that I believe there is an urgent necessity graft and corruption. You should have have no doubt of my commitment in the fight for probity in public life. I strongly support the institution of a Lokpal that is consistent with the practices and conventions of our Parliamentary democracy.
The Lokpal Bill is very much a part of the agenda of the National Advisory Council. As you know the NAC Working Group on Transparency, Accountability and Governance under the convenership of Ms Aruna Roy held consultations on this subject on April 4 with several representatives of civil society including Shri Shanti Bhushan, Shri Santosh Hegde and Shri Prashant Bhushan who are now in the joint committee as well as Swami Agneevesh and Shri Arvind Kejriwal, who have been associated with you. Thw working group has decided to hold further consultations and evolve broad principles and discussion and approval in the next meeting of the NAC scheduled for April 28.
In fact in your letter of April 8, which my office received at around noon on that date, you yourself said:
"I wish to to bring in your notice that the sub-committee of your National Advisory Council (NAC) has agreed with the board content of Jan Lokpal Bill, barring two issues, after extensive discussions on April 4, with your knowledgeable sections of the society.
May I kindly request you to kindly get the draft discussed at full meeting of NAC at the earliest recommend the outcome to the government.
As I have just mentioned, this is very course that the NAC was following until the process was, as you know, overtaken by subsequent events.
As for statements appearing in the media, let me assure you that I do not support politics of smear campaigns.
With good wishes