‘Lokpal must be under constitutional framework’

Strong laws like Lokpal should be made but within the constitutional framework provided by the likes of Dr B R Ambedkar.

Updated: Aug 24, 2011, 21:14 PM IST

New Delhi: Noting that the supremacy of Parliament should not be undermined, NDA Convenor Sharad Yadav on Wednesday said, strong laws like Lokpal should be made but within the constitutional framework.

Participating in the debate on corruption in Lok Sabha, Yadav said, whenever the Opposition speaks in a united voice, the government is forced to take action.

He said, IOC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, a Lok Sabha member, was in jail after the opposition raised the issue of corruption. "Lok Sabha or state assembly is the best places to expose the corrupt," the JD-U chief said.

In an apparent reference to statements by associates of activist Anna Hazare that most MPs were corrupt, he said a distinction should be made between those accused in political cases and others.

Referring to Hazare`s supporters `gheraoing` residences of MPs, he said, the members were most "transparent" as if they indulge in wrongdoings, it becomes public.

While welcoming the movement by the civil society against corruption, he said strong laws should be made but within the
constitutional framework provided by the likes of Dr B R Ambedkar.

Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP) said, while drafting laws like Lokpal, government should take the views of all political parties and the exercise should not be restricted to a few Cabinet ministers.

He took a dig at the media for "paid news" which he said played a big role during elections.

PTI