Is there a deal between Nitish-Cong? asks Bhushan
Shanti Bhushan on Friday wondered whether there was a deal between Nitish and the ruling party at the Centre.
New Delhi: With Congress praising Bihar
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for rebuffing Team Anna on the
state Lokayukta Bill, lawyer Shanti Bhushan on Friday wondered
whether there was a deal between him and the ruling party at
Stung by Kumar`s terse response to their criticism of
Bihar Lokayuta Bill, Bhushan said there were expectations that
a "very good person" like the Bihar Chief Minister will bring
a strong Lokayukta law.
"I don`t know what is the deal between the two. Only
Nitishji can explain it...but if government wants to get
votes, then it should pass Jan Lokpal bill as the government
that supports it will for sure win in 2014" (Lok Sabha
elections"), he said.
He was responding to a question that Congress has
positively reacted to the Bihar Lokayukta Bill.
"I know Nitishji from the time of JP movement and know
him to be a very good person. So, we expected a very strong
bill but we are disappointed," Bhushan, a prominent Team Anna
He said Anna Hazare had met Kumar in July and the Chief
Minister had assured him that he would bring a strong
Kumar had yesterday launched an attack on Team Anna over
its objection to the draft bill cleared by the state cabinet,
saying he does not require anybody`s certificate in the
crusade against corruption.
Bhushan said that in the drafting committee for
Lokayukta, four out of seven members were from government.
"Similarly, a common man cannot lodge a complaint against
the Lokayukta. The power is with government in this bill.
Suspension and removal is also with government only. This is
against the UN Convention (on corruption)," he said.