Section 144 at Jantar Mantar

Are the Jallianwala Bagh days back to haunt us all? From the recent development in Lokpal Hooplah it seems so. Since the law and order situation in New Delhi is well under the central government, the decision of the New Delhi administration to impose Section 144 of IPC on the pretext of ensuring peace and order in the city seems to indicate that the central government doesn’t want any opposition whatsoever regarding the Lokpal issue and wants to do things as per their own sweet will.

The imposition of Section 144 seems totally illogical especially looking at the reasons given by our government, for the last time Anna Hazare took such an initiative, it was a totally peaceful scenario with no reports of disturbance whatsoever.

August 16 is soon approaching and the support for the initiative is building up as well. The government seems to be in a no-compromising mode and so is team Anna. So. it’s hard to imagine this not turning out to be another Baba Ramdev like event which resulted in injury to so many with one old lady even going into a coma.

If the government and the police administration were to act in the same manner as they did in case of Baba Ramdev, it could really take us back to the British rule and it would be a clear violation of the rights of the people.

Lets hope that the government would agree to also present the Lokpal Bill prepared by the activist in the Parliament in order to reach to a compromise and then let the debate happen as to which Lokpal Bill would be more appropriate.

In any case I don’t understand as to why the government has gone so defensive on the issue of holding a referendum in the country. After all they are people’s representatives and were brought into power by the people, so do they think that people don’t support this government anymore?

Do let us know what you think. Will government compromise and act responsibly regarding Lokpal issue?

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