Will give suggestions on Lokpal Bill in Parliament: BJP

Asserting that it considers Lokpal Bill an effective medium to fight corruption in the country, the BJP on Sunday said it would give its suggestions and views on the proposed legislation when it comes up in Parliament.

Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 16:04 PM IST

New Delhi: Asserting that it considers
Lokpal Bill an effective medium to fight corruption in the
country, the BJP on Sunday said it would give its suggestions and
views on the proposed legislation when it comes up in
Parliament.

"The BJP will have its suggestions and recommendations
when the Lokpal Bill is in Parliament. We see it as an
effective medium to fight corruption in the country," party
spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters here.

Hussain stressed that BJP has always raised the issue
of corruption and that it had pressurised the government to
form a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the 2G
spectrum allocation scam.

"First, the battle against corruption was won in
Parliament when we convinced the government to set up JPC.
Now, the people of the country have won it by getting
representation in drafting the Lokpal Bill," the BJP MP said.

Asked about veteran social activist Anna Hazare`s fast
unto death and if the party approved of it, Hussain said that
the BJP welcomes all democratic means to voice concern against
corruption.

Asked about the differences that have cropped up among
the civil society members, with yoga guru Baba Ramdev
objecting to the presence of father-son duo of Shanti and
Prashan Bhushan in the joint committee on the Lokpal Bill,
Hussain evaded a direct reply but said, "It is good that there
are people from all walks of life in this crucial process."

Asked about a senior Infosys official recently
claiming that even they had to bribe government officials in
Karnataka to get their work done, Hussain said that no form of
corruption should be tolerated and all state governments
should have a mechanism to tackle it.

"Just because some individuals and some political
parties make some charges does not mean they are true. It
should be backed by ample evidence," Hussain said.

The BJP has been defending Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyruppa, who is facing allegations of corruption on land
allotment to his family members.

Asked by a Union minister`s reported comment that
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was "ten times more honest" than
anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, Hussain said, "Initially
every one defended A Raja. He was defended on the floor of
Parliament at least 10 times. Now, he is in jail."

PTI