Mumbai: Senior CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat
on Monday supported Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on the need to
partially withdraw the controversial Armed Forces Special
Powers Act from some parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Brinda further said a fresh legislation should be brought
out which would give the Army the right to intervene.
"AFSPA should be withdrawn from areas which are not
disturbed in J&K. Instead, a fresh legislation should be
introduced which will give the Army rights to intervene," she
said at a press conference here.
Her comments came in the backdrop of Abdullah`s recent
announcement on the J&K government`s decision to partially
withdraw AFSPA from some areas of the state.
The CPI(M) leader said the Left Front was also focusing
on corporate corruption, an issue not being raised by Team
"Our focus on corruption includes many issues which they
(Team Anna) are not raising. Corporate corruption and the
links of corporates with the government. This is a very, very
important link which the Left is raising," she said.
Terming the government`s draft of the proposed Lokpal
Bill as "weak", Brinda said the CPI (M) did not completely
agree with the Team Anna`s version of the Bill too.
"We reject the government`s Lokpal Bill. Our party`s
stand is independent. We do not support some provisions of
Team Anna`s Jan Lokpal Bill," she said.
The former Rajya Sabha member said the present draft of
the Lokpal Bill, pending with the Parliamentary Standing
Committee (Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice),
would not be useful in fighting corruption as it had no
autonomy and strength.
Brinda also stressed on the need for inclusion of the
Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal and anti-corruption
scrutiny of MPs.
"Prime Minister should be brought under the purview of
the Lokpal. Anti-corruption scrutiny of MPs should take place.
Lokayuktas should be appointed in every state," she said.
On whether the judiciary should be brought under the
purview of Lokpal, she said, "Bringing judiciary under Lokpal
won`t be appropriate. A strong law is needed in which
judiciary can be included."