BJP deplores UPA for "delaying" Lokpal Bill

Flaying the UPA government for "showing reluctance" in passing the Lokpal Bill, BJP on Friday accused the Centre of unnecessarily wasting time and escaping from discussions over the proposed legislation.

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2011, 22:54 PM IST

Chandigarh: Flaying the UPA government for
"showing reluctance" in passing the Lokpal Bill, BJP on Friday
accused the Centre of unnecessarily wasting time and escaping
from discussions over the proposed legislation.
"Lokpal will have an important role in uprooting
corruption from the country. We even want that Prime Minister
should also be brought under the purview of Lokpal Bill. It is
really sad that UPA is unnecessarily wasting time and is
reluctant to bring it," BJP vice-president Shanta Kumar told
reporters here.

UPA is escaping from discussions and debates and they
don`t want to bring an ineffective bill, he said adding that
it was because most of their leaders were corrupt and they had
black money stashed abroad.

"We support it and our stand is very clear; UPA should
bring this bill to parliament and pass it after a healthy
discussion," he added.
However, at the same time Kumar regretted this bill
could not be passed during the regime of National Democratic
Alliance (NDA).

"Corruption is the major problem that we are facing at
this moment," he said.

Quoting a report, he said that the black money worth Rs
240 crore goes out of the country in every 24 hours.
"Lokpal Bill will be an independent body like CBI and election
commission. It would not be a parallel government," he said.

Kumar said BJP has launched protests against corruption
at 100 different locations in the country.

They will stage a protest in Amritsar tomorrow and at
Ludhiana and Jalandhar on Sunday.

PTI