Some people trying to derail campaign against graft: Bihar CM
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Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2011, 21:02
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said some vested interests were trying to derail the Anna Hazare's movement against corruption but they would not succeed.

"Attempts are being made to derail the crusade against corruption... The movement will continue till its logical end," he said referring to a slew of charges against eminent lawyer Shanti Bhushan, the co-chairman of the committee for drafting of Lokpal bill.

Kumar asked the MLAs to declare their assets annually for probity in public life.

The MLAs should declare their assets as the law is applicable to all public persons comprising both elected representatives and officials and the NDA government had made it mandatory for council of ministers, government officials from grade I to grade III to declare their assets annually, he said at a function held on the eve of Veer Kunwar Singh Vijayotsava to be held tomorrow in the state.

Since the declaration of assets by ministers, government officials and employees have been made mandatory on an annual basis, it was for the people to report their hidden wealth and file cases against them, he said.

Claiming that his government had introduced transparent governance in Bihar, Kumar said it had got the Right to Service Bill passed to fix the accountability of government officials in the discharge of public works.

The state government had also enacted a legislation for speedy trial of corruption cases by a special court in a time-bound manner and confiscation of properties amassed through illicit means.

The next general election, he claimed, would be fought on corruption issue as people are fed up with the vice and are keeping a close watch on the government vis-a-vis its will to deal with it.

"I can sense the public anger against corruption and their desire for a clean and transparent political system in the country ... The people's desire to rid the system of corruption is very palpable," he said.


First Published: Friday, April 22, 2011, 21:02

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