As the fast by Team Anna entered the second day, the government showed no sign of relenting with Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid saying that it was not worth it to reach out to them to attempt to negotiate with them.
When asked if the government was making any attempt to reach out to the protestors, Khurshid said, “Do you think its worth it?”
Khurshid said that Team Anna need to have faith in the Indian parliamentary system and the India judiciary.
“Anybody who does not have faith in Indian judiciary, Indian parliament, Indian people, where should they go? What should they do? I believe all of us have a duty to have faith in Indian judiciary and the Supreme Court. Those who defy the Supreme Court should defy must say this in front of the people,” Khurshid said.
When asked about the Lokpal Bill’s possibility being passed in the Monsoon session, Khurshid said the government would follow parliamentary procedure.
“I think our commitment is known to you. Commitment is of the parliament, not of the government alone. Parliament has a procedure and it will be followed,” he said.
Team Anna had alleged that Khurshid had approached them to negotiate with them ahead of the hunger strike in Jantar Mantar with a view to split opinion within the group. However, the law minister has not commented on the issue.