BJP leader Varun Gandhi is expected to introduce Team Anna's draft Jan Lokpal Bill in the Lok Sabha next week. This will be as a Private Members' Bill. He said the Jan Lokpal Bill isn't perfect but is still better than the government's version. Gandhi spoke exclusively to CNN-IBN and said he believes the Prime Minister should be part of the Jan Lokpal Bill.
CNN-IBN: Why do want to move the Jan Lokpal Bill as a Private Members' Bill?
Varun Gandhi: Look, I feel that there are millions of people, millions of Indians who are agitating today on the roads. Why is this? This is because people recognise that this is a defining moment in Indian political history. Years from now when we look back at this stage, you know we are going to judge ourselves by where we stood on this very war on corruption. So as an elected representative, I wanted to use whatever little power I had to push this piece of legislation forward which I recognise is not an entirely perfect piece of legislation. It may have certain faults but it is a lot, a lot better in creating systems that will make powerful people accountable than the Government Lokpal Bill. And I don't see this tussle between Anna Hazare's and his people and the government as being significant frankly this movement which is a subaltern movement which has risen from the ground independent of any political outfit is a great comment on the entire political class of this country, not just the Congress or the government. And all of us need to introspect on where we have gone wrong and where systems have not worked. And we need to move forward and correct things. And I see this as being a major point in course correction for the nation.
CNN-IBN: You are aware of the all-party meeting where your party was represented. There are disagreements even within the BJP and of the BJP of the Jan Lokpal Bill. Now you standing for a Jan Lokpal Bill, should that be read as a clash between you and your party? And the fact that you are disagreeing with your own party for certain issues?
Varun Gandhi: See, as an Indian and as a person who introspects and is a thinking person, I realise that this is an issue which is beyond the ambit of merely politics or political parties. This is a silent revolution except now it's not-so-silent. And I realise that in time to come, all of us need to understand that this is for our benefit. This is for nation's future. Future generations will judge us by how we acted now. I recognise that the BJP and rather all Opposition parties as well have certain problems with this and I said to you earlier that I don't see this as an entirely perfect piece of legislation. But it is lot better than anything that has come about before. Now what I am saying is should we wait another 20 years for a perfect piece of legislation. No we should act now. And as a young person when I meet other young people they tell me, look why are more members of Parliament, why are more politicians not speaking for this because ultimately this is a Bill against corruption. It is not a Bill against government, you know.
CNN-IBN: The parliamentary procedure as a Private Member Bill needs to be adopted, it needs to be debated. Will you be disappointed if it does not become part of the parliamentary procedure and the government does not discuss or accept?
Varun Gandhi: I think that if there is one lesson we can learn from the Gandhian policies and the politics of Anna Hazare. It is that if you don't get your way at first you must persevere in an honest manner and just go at it. So if I don't get it today, I will put it up next week and the week after that and the week after that and sometime I will get it.
CNN-IBN: And finally, the most tricky issue is that of the inclusion of the Prime Minister. Your party seems to be having certain reservations about it just as obviously as the government has. What's your personal view?
Varun Gandhi: Look, my personal view is that the Prime Minister is a symbol of the executive. So if the executive can be held accountable for decisions it makes then why can't the symbol of that executive, the leader of that executive, face of that executive be held accountable?
CNN-IBN: Thank you so much for speaking to CNN-IBN.
Varun Gandhi: Thank you.