Digvijay demands for Dalit in Lokpal Bill panel

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh backed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati`s demand for inclusion of a Dalit representative in the Lokpal drafting committee.

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2011, 15:53 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader
Digvijay Singh on Saturday backed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati`s demand for inclusion of a Dalit representative in
the Lokpal drafting committee while Justice Santosh Hegde does
not seem to find any merit in it.

"The demand is valid," Singh said when asked about
Mayawati`s demand.

However Hegde, who is a member of the commitee, said,
"if you have to have any caste-wise representation, then this
committee can never be constituted."

Asked about the issue, Union Minister Salman Khurshid,
a member of the joint committee, said, "we should trust the
ten members. Let them present their product...we should give
them a chance. After the product comes out, we can see and
examine it and put forth our objections if any."

PTI