Let govt go, but fight corruption, freedom fighter tells Cong

A 93-year-old freedom fighter created a stir at the Congress Plenary by asking party President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to fight corruption even if it meant sacrificing the UPA government.

Updated: Dec 19, 2010, 19:03 PM IST

New Delhi: A 93-year-old freedom fighter
on Sunday created a stir at the Congress Plenary by asking party
President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
fight corruption even if it meant sacrificing the UPA
government.

Soon after the political resolution was passed at the
Congress Plenary session here and the day`s proceedings came
to an end, AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi requested
all those on the dais not to leave before the freedom fighter,
Ram Vilas Pandey from Uttar Pradesh, gave a short speech.

The Prime Minister and the Congress President, who were
about to leave, returned to their seats.

"Let the government go, but punish those guilty... be it
(former Telecom Minister) A Raja or (Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister) M Karunanidhi," he said.

He said since the Prime Minister and the Congress
President have a clean image, it was necessary for them to
fight against corruption.

"Punish them if guilty...it does not matter whether the
government remains," he said.

Referring to the Local Area Development Fund for MPs, he
said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken a decision in
the right direction by ending the facility for state
legislators. "Forty per cent of the fund ends up being paid as
commission...now I hear the MPs want the fund to be increased
from Rs 2 crore per annum to Rs 5 crore," he said.

Prime Minister Singh shook hands with him after he ended
his speech.

PTI