New Delhi: Taking forward the debate on Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha, the Bahujan Samajwadi Party on Thursday attacked the UPA government on the issue of autonomy for the CBI, religious quota and the threat which the anti-graft legislation poses to the federal structure.
Making his party’s stand clear on the Lokpal Bill, BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra said, “The government version of the Lokpal Bill is faulty and leaves ample scope for doubts over the functioning of anti-graft body. The government has decided to destroy federal structure through the provisions in the Lokpal Bill.”
Claiming that neither Congress or nor BJP is serious about Lokpal Bill, Mishra said, “Government’s argument in favour of the bill will not sustain and we cannot expect the Supreme Court to adjudicate on the subject.”
Accusing the government of trying to create a weak Lokpal and keeping full administrative control over the CBI, Mishra said, “The government should revisit the clauses referring to the selection of CBI director.”
Stressing that every government has misused CBI for political gains, the BSP leader cited how disproportionate assets case against the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati was initiated by the CBI at the behest of the Centre.
To drive his point home, he quoted Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s admission before the House where the latter admitted that there have been instances to suggest the misuse of the apex investigating body.
Trying to corner the Congress-led UPA government, Mishra quoted the faulty section of former CVC PJ Thomas done by the Centre, which was later struck down by the Supreme Court when corruption charges were leveled against him.
The BSP leader also accused the Congress regime of using minorities as a ‘vote bank’ and the minority card for political gains in the coming elections.
“The government introduced the minority quota only after it was pressurized from the several quarters and forced to rethink on the issue. It’s a purely political move,” he stated.
The BSP leader also refused to take the blame for not supporting the government on the issue in the Lok Sabha.