Let govt communicate its views on Lokpal: BJP

The BJP on Saturday said it was not opposed to taking part in an all party meeting.

Patna: The BJP on Saturday said it was not opposed to taking part in an all party meeting but would place its views on bringing the Prime Minister in the ambit of the Lokpal only when the Congress and the government circulated its view on the issue.

"We are not opposed to participate in an all-party meeting to seek views ... but firstly, we would like to have the views of the Congress and the government on bringing the Prime Minister within the ambit of Lokpal," BJP chief spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad told reporters here.

Stating that the there was no unanimity in the Congress and the government on the issue, Prasad claimed while a Congress leader was in favour bringing the PM within the ambit of Lokpal, others were opposed to it.
"The Congress and the government should at least come
out with its tentative view on the subject," he said, adding
that the country would like to know.

When told about former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee`s reported statement that the PM should be brought within the purview of the Lokpal, Prasad said "we know it."

"We in the BJP have a categorical view on the issue of corruption," he said while declining to answer whether his party favoured the stand of Gandhian Anna Hazare on the PM being brought within the ambit of the proposed legislation.

Prasad said he was putting four questions to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to which people would like her reply.

"Why were you silent when the Prime Minister and
entire government, besides Congress leaders defended A Rasa,
the then telecom Minister, when his involvement surfaced in
the Rs 1.76 lakh 2G Spectrum scam," he said.

He questioned what Gandhi did when the Shunglu
Committee set up by the Prime Minister indicted the Sheila
Dixit government in the CWG scam.

He sought an explanation from Gandhi on how files
related to the Adarsh Housing project went missing.

"The last question I will raise is why are you silent
on the issue when the Lokayukta recommended dismissal of the
Raj Kumar Chavan and the President rejected the report,"
Prasad said.

He criticised Congress leaders for describing Anna
Hazare as `an autocrat` and yoga guru Baba Ramdev as a

He said if Ramdev was a fraud then what was the
necessity for four union ministers going to the airport to
hold talks with him.

Prasad recalled that it was the Congress which had
termed as an election stunt during the 2009 election
senior BJP leader LK Advani`s pledge to bring back to India
black money stashed abroad.

No step was taken to probe the money of people booked
under the Money Laundering Act deposited in Swiss or
foreign banks, he alleged asking "We would also like to know
from Soniaji why she is silent.

"The people`s indignation against corruption is growing
and the intention of the Congress and the government to tackle
it is suspect. PM, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are
maintaining silence over whatever is happening now," he

He asked what was the Congress doing when Union Home
Minister P Chidambaram`s name had cropped up in the 2G
spectrum scam.

On Congress leader Digvijay Singh`s statement that
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi had all the abilities to
become Prime Minister, the BJP spokesperson said "If Rahul
Gandhi possesses all the qualities to become the PM then he
should become PM at once."


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