Govt will have to bow down on Lokpal: Karat

Terming the UPA-II govt as the "most corrupt" in the history of independent India, top CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat it would have to "bow down" to public pressure and bring a fresh bill to pave the way for an effective Lokpal.

Updated: Aug 23, 2011, 23:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Terming the UPA-II government as
the "most corrupt" in the history of independent India, top
CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat on Tuesday it would have to "bow
down" to public pressure and bring a fresh bill to pave the
way for an effective Lokpal.

"The attitude of the UPA government and its failure to
tackle corruption has fuelled widespread anger. First, the UPA
government is seen as complicit in corruption. This has been
the most corrupt government in the history of independent
India", the CPI(M) General Secretary said in an article in the
forthcoming issue of party organ `People`s Democracy`.

"The paradox of a `clean Prime Minister` heading such a
government has sunk into the consciousness of the urban middle
classes. This is the very constituency which had been singing
praises of Manmohan Singh a reformer who was clean and whose
integrity was unquestioned", he said.
Observing that Anna Hazare`s hunger strike has led to an
outpouring of support particularly from the urban middle class
and the youth, Karat said there was no doubt that since
Hazare`s first hunger strike in April, "the anti-corruption
movement has gained momentum".

Maintaining that government`s Lokpal Bill had been
rejected by large sections of people and most political
parties including the Left, he said, "There is no other way
except for the Manmohan Singh government to bow down to public
pressure.

"In such a situation, there is no other way for the
government, but to bring a modified or fresh Bill which can
pave the way for an effective Lokpal," he said.
Demanding that government should hold talks with the Anna
Hazare group forthwith, he said it should bring a fresh Bill
for discussion and adoption by Parliament.

PTI