Hyderabad: Dubbing as "toothless" the draft
Lokpal Bill, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday demanded
bringing the Prime Minister under its ambit, saying he should
not try to escape scrutiny.
"The Prime Minister shouldn`t try to escape scrutiny.
Bringing the Prime Minister under the Lokpal`s purview is only
in relation to corruption charges and not to undermine the
seat`s authority," he told a press conference here.
Maintaining that his party had the highest regard for the
office of Prime Minister, he wondered "why can`t the Prime
Minister be probed while in office, if he faces allegations of
"The Prime Minister himself pleaded helplessness in
acting against the corrupt because of `compulsions of the
coalition government`. This was only to protect his seat.
Things have come to such a pass only because of the Prime
Minister`s inaction," he said on the series of scams that have
surfaced at the Centre.
Naidu said the draft Lokpal Bill, cleared by the Union
Cabinet yesterday, was totally "toothless" and intended to
"befool" the people. It would further erode the dignity of
political leaders in the country, he said.
He called upon all political parties to initiate the
process for cleansing the system in the country and rooting
out corruption that has become a bigger threat than terrorism.
"Along with a strong Lokpal, we need laws to bring about
political reforms and electoral reforms. Let all (parties) sit
together and discuss these things and build a corruption-free
nation," he added.