Bring media, corporate houses under Lokpal: Lalu

Last Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 18:43

Mirzapur: RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav
on Thursday said the electronic media and corporate houses should
be brought under the purview of the proposed Lokpal Bill to
fight graft effectively.

"The electronic media and corporate houses should also
come under the purview of the Lokpal. This is the view of many
members of the Standing Committee set up for the issue," he
told reporters here.

To a question, Lalu said "corruption is all pervasive
in the country and it cannot be checked only through Lokpal."

The former Bihar Chief Minister, here to pay obeisance
to deity Vindhyavasini, said Gandhian Anna Hazare himself
believed that the anti-graft bill would check only 60 per cent
of corruption.

"But what about the remaining 40 per cent?" he asked.

To Anna`s call not to vote for the Congress if the
party failed to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill, Lalu said he and
his team should form a political party and enter electoral
fray to understand intricacies of politics.

On the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, he
said the crime rate in the state was on the rise as "ministers
themselves are law-breakers".

"All the ministers found guilty by the Lokayukt should
be immediately sent to jail," he said.

On his party`s plans for upcoming Assembly elections
in Uttar Pradesh, he said he had issued necessary directions
to his state unit chief in this regard.

The RJD supremo said his party planned to contest some
30 to 35 seats in UP.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 18:43

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