‘BJP changed stand on Lokpal Bill in 24 hrs’

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee accused BJP of being responsible for the Rajya Sabha`s failure to pass the Lokpal Bill by changing its stand within 24 hours.

Updated: Jan 24, 2012, 18:25 PM IST

Dehra Dun: Union Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee accused BJP of being responsible for the Rajya
Sabha`s failure to pass the Lokpal Bill by changing its stand
within 24 hours.

Due to the change in the stand of BJP within 24 hours
time, a strong Lokpal bill could not be passed in the Rajya
Sabha, he told reporters here.

"If any party changes its stand within 24 hours, then
government cannot be held responsible for non-passage of the
Bill," Mukherjee said.

Mukherjee claimed Congress is the only party which has a
long record of taking action against those found indulging in
corruption." I don`t think any other party can make such a
claim," he said, adding a BJP president was caught on camera
taking bribe.

The Congress leader criticised BJP for giving five Chief
Ministers during their seven-year-rule in Uttarakhand saying
when CMs are changed frequently.

The mandate is given for five years but when CMs are
being changed frequently, there is no stability as well as
accountability, Mukherjee said.

"BJP should explain why they changed CMs. Mr Khanduri
(Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri) was not a new man.
He was a union minister and then he had held the post of Chief
Minister. He should have been continued," he said.

In this context, he pointed out that stability and
continuity are closely linked with accountability which leads
to development, security and advancement.

PTI