New Delhi: In an apparent softening of his stand, social activist Anna Hazare said on Sunday that he respected the supremacy of Parliament in a democratic framework and would accept its decision on Lokpal Bill.

Anna said, “Parliament’s verdict will be supreme and I will accept the decision.” Hazare has set August 15 deadline for the Bill and also promised that if required he would sit on hunger-strike again.

However, Anna added that he would make all efforts to fight for enforcement of the Lokpal Bill.

Gandhian Anna Hazare, who called off his four-day fast-unto-death on April 9, said he was willing to involve the political leadership of the country to discuss the Bill.

“We have to take everyone into confidence, including the entire political class. If they have doubts, we will discuss it with chiefs of the political parties," he said.

"It is not wrong to say that through this form of agitation we are engaging in nothing but ‘principles of terrorism’, but we have to involve public welfare in it also, otherwise it will lead to dictatorship," he added.

Favouring stringent laws for government servants, Anna said, “Declaration of assets should be made compulsory for everyone.”

He added that the law should have provisions for automatic launch of investigations if there was a huge difference in the assets declared by them between the two consecutive elections.

Hazare also pushed for transparency in the proceedings of the Joint Draft Committee and supported the idea of videography of the meeting.

Besides it, Anna also asked for the broadcast of the proceedings of the Joint Draft Committee constituted under the leadership of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan.

The first meeting of the 10-member panel which was held on Saturday was also audio-recorded.

JPN/Bureau