New Delhi: While huge masses have poured in roads in support of Anna Hazare, who is fighting a pitched battle with the government, the India Inc this time looks different.

Hinting its support to the government in veiled manner, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) said, “The parliament holds the prime right to make and amend laws. Though every citizen has a fundamental right to speech and expression as well as hold public meeting, the government should strike balance.”

Similarly, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said, “Dealing with corruption is the top agenda of the Centre along with India Inc and the civil society and the government is tackling it on a priority basis.”

Unlike India Inc’s full-fledged support to Anna Hazare’s fast against corruption five months ago, the Industrial world, according to sources, has changed its stand this time because Anna is posing an anti-industrial attitude as in a press conference held on August 15, he said, “This government belongs to the industrial class that harms people.”  

Expressing unhappiness on the issue, a leading industrialist said, “This statement of Anna reminds of the period during 1960 and 1970 when the business class was held responsible for every instability in the nation.” 

India Inc is of the opinion that any political upheaval at this juncture will prove disastrous for the economy.

Industrialist and Rajya Sabha member Rahul Bajaj said, “Anna should have waited for the Parliament’s decision before initiating his movement.”

(JPN/Bureau)