Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi on Wednesday appointed an inquiry commission, to be headed by
retired Supreme Court Justice MB Shah, to probe allegations
of corruption levelled by Congress against his own government.
Congress had submitted a memorandum to the President
Pratibha Patil two months ago, alleging corruption and
favouritism on the part of Modi government in its dealings
with the industrial houses.
Congress has also started a campaign over non-appointment
of Lokayukta in Gujarat for the last seven years.
"This has been necessary to bring the `truth` out to the
people over the allegations made by Congress. State government
is committed to have a transparent inquiry into whatever
allegations that have been made," state government
spokesperson and health minister, Jaynarayan Vyas said.
The decision to form an inquiry commission, to be headed
by Justice Shah, was taken at the cabinet meeting headed by
the Chief Minister.
However, the Congress reacted sharply to the development.
"Gujarat has institution of Lokayukta, but Modi does not
appoint Lokayukta. Instead, he has appointed a commission to
inquire into charges of corruption against himself, which has
no powers like Lokayukta," Leader of Opposition in the
assembly, Shaktisinh Gohil, said.