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Bhushans should quit Lokpal drafting panel: Mayawati

Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 21:10

Lucknow: Wading into the raging controversy
involving the Lokpal Bill drafting committee members, Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday virtually demanded
resignation of the Bhushans.

"The committee should distance itself from those whose
integrity is doubted," she said, without naming anyone in the
wake of the CD controversy involving lawyer Shanti Bhushan and
property allotments to him.
Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant are both members of
the 10-member committee.

At a press conference, she also demanded inclusion of an
"apolitical scheduled caste member" in the committee.

"Of the 10 members including those of civil society, there
is not member of scheduled caste in the drafting committee. We
want the committee to be re-organised and an apolitical
scheduled caste member included in it," she said.

Alleging that Congress forgot to include an SC member in
the committee "due to its casteist mentality", Mayawati said
the party has ignored the caste on important occasions.

She said Anna Hazare should have discussed before giving
names of drafting committee members.

"How could he forget to include the name of an SC member
in the committee when Maharashtra, the state to which he
belongs, has witnessed a number of social agitations for
giving rights to the community?" she asked.

She also said that Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar also belonged to
Hazare`s state.
Welcoming Hazare`s anti-corruption agitation, she said BSP
has been fighting corruption and criminalisation and was
determined to root them out from the society.

"The evil of corruption and criminalisation has become
chronic in the state due to previous governments. BSP will
root them out but it will take time," she added.


First Published: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 21:10

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