‘Cong not caring for country`s federal structure’

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday accused Congress of not caring for the federal structure of the country by enacting the Lokayukta legislation.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 18:32 PM IST

Patna: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
on Wednesday accused Congress of not caring for the federal structure
of the country by enacting the Lokayukta legislation.

"The Congress should have cared for the federal structure
of the country before enacting the Lokayukta legislation,"
Kumar told reporters.
The legislation should have the provision that the matter
related to Lokayukta be left on the domain of the state... but
the "habit of the Congress-led UPA leadership has it that it
wants to do all the works on its own", he alleged.

"The leadership is not accepting the very existence of
the states and it doesn`t behave well with the states," the
chief minister said.

Accusing Congress of "overlooking" the basic things of
importance in the federal structure kept by the makers of the
Constitution, Kumar said the Centre should have avoided the
issue of Lokayukta.

"Whenever the Congress has come to power it has tried to
launch an attack on the federal structure which is not good
for the country," he said.
Kumar, in reply to a question, said the Lokayukta Act
was already being implemented in Bihar and it would continue
to be in place.

He described as "moral defeat" of Congress the rejection
of Constitutional amendment proposed in the Lokpal. "No party
has argued for giving Constitutional status to Lokpal... it
was a product of Congress."

PTI