‘Corporates may target govt through Lokpal’

Last Updated: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 19:38

New Delhi: Ahead of the consideration of
Lokpal Bill by Parliament, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister
Vayalar Ravi on Monday warned that the anti-corruption ombudsman
may become a tool of powerful corporates to get back at
political class and government.

Claiming that corporate houses are not happy with the
government on the ground that they are not benefitting from
the policies of the UPA, Ravi said there are "sinister
designs" to limit powers of MPs and other elected
representatives.

"That`s why the talk of policy paralysis and other
complaints. They feel they are not benefitting from the
policies of the government...That is why there are efforts to
limit powers of MPs and other elected representatives," Ravi
said.

"Who will benefit from Lokpal. Certainly the corporate
houses. They have been very critical of the government as they
feel nothing is moving for them. They are becoming very
powerful and they may misuse Lokpal in future to get back on
government. There is a sinister campaign in all this," he
said.

Accusing Anna Hazare of trying to undermine supremacy of
Constitution, Ravi said he was running the campaign with
"ulterior motives".

"This man is trying to dictate things with ulterior
motives. He is trying undermine the Constitution which is the
highest document of the country. He is trying to weaken
Parliament by making unreasonable demands. There is way to do
things," he said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 26, 2011 - 19:38

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