Lawmakers must maintain dignity: Sharad Yadav
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 16:20
Patna: JD (U) national president Sharad Yadav on Tuesday asked lawmakers to conduct themselves with dignity to maintain their credibility.

"Certain forces are making all out efforts to malign the image of political class and parliamentary institutions.

The onus is on politicians themselves to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner to maintain their credibility and that of the institutions," he told legislators on the concluding day of the two-day orientation programme.

"Lawmakers must strive hard to live up to the expectation of the people, be it fight against corruption or any other public issue like price rise, inflation, unemployment", Yadav said.

Yadav told the legislators that it was due to the persistent efforts of the lawmakers that a number of scams, like 2G spectrum, commonwealth games and Adarsh society came to the fore and the government was "compelled" to act tough against the tainted persons. But the crusade against corruption was not over, he said.

Lawmakers should continue with their efforts to root out corruption from the system, he said and urged them to use basic tools, like uprightness, moral authority and discourse at appropriate forums to put the government under constant pressure, Yadav said. Later talking to reporters, the JD(U) president expressed surprise at, what he described as "the squabble" among the senior ministers of the UPA government and described the situation as 'unprecedented.'

The Centre has not only failed to deal with the issues like price rise, inflation and unemployment, but was also incapable of acting in a decisive manner on governance-related issues, Yadav said referring to the controversy over the leakage of a finance ministry note on the 2G spectrum.

The senior JD(U) leader criticized the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for defending Union Home minister P Chidambaram in spite of being away from the country and reminded the latter that he had taken the oath of the constitution to protect the institutions and the country.

The Prime M nister must act with propriety to protect the people, institutions and the country instead of trying to save the skin of his embattled minister, Yadav said.


First Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 16:20

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