Congress asks Modi to appoint Lokpal in Gujarat

Taking a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress said that instead of trying to cash-in on Anna Hazare`s campaign against corruption, he should first appoint a Lokpal in the state.

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 23:50 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Taking a dig at Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress on Friday said that instead
of trying to cash-in on Anna Hazare`s campaign against
corruption, he should first appoint a Lokpal in the state.

Leader of Opposition Shaktisinh Gohil said, "It is an
irony that Modi i talking about the campaign for Lokpal by
Hazare when he has not appointed Lokayukta in Gujarat".

Gohil was referring to the statements made by Modi
addressing a public rally while campaigning for his party in
Assam yesterday, where he had reportedly said that Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s statement on social activist Anna
Hazare`s fast had created an Emergency like situation.

Gohil alleged that though Gujarat has been following a
system of Lokpal, no Lokpal has been appointed after Modi took
over as Chief Minister.

Giving details of the appointment of new Lokpal, he
said that as per the provisions of the Lokayukta (Lokpal) Act,
Chief Justice of Gujarat had already recommended to Governor
the name of the Lokayukta and the Governor had also approved
it.

"In such a situation, Gujarat government only needs to
announce the appointment (but it has not). As per the law, the
Chief Minister cannot make any change in the name. He has
ulterior motive in not announcing the name," Gohil alleged.

The issue of appointment of Lokpal was also raised in
the recently concluded assembly session of the state.

PTI