New Delhi: Inclusion of Prime Minister or
Chief Justice of India in the ambit of Lokpal "hardly matters"
in the fight against corruption, West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday.
"It is not a big question...whether Prime Minister or
Chief Justice is included, it hardly matters. Do you think
that inclusion of one person will strengthen the fight against
corruption?" she asked.
However, she also said that in case the Prime Minister
was included in the ambit of Lokpal, "I have no problem. I am
with the UPA."
To a question, she denied that she had blamed civil
society groups for enacting "drama" on the issue of
In an apparent dig at civil society, she had yesterday
said: "Our party is against corruption. But we are also
against creating drama."
To another question, Banerjee said "if anyone says all
politicians are corrupt, then let them join politics."
Pressing for a comprehensive package to check the menace
of corruption at all levels, Trinamool Congress chief demanded
that the moneys illegally stashed abroad should be brought
She also suggested that electoral reform measures be
carried out by the Election Commission and said state funding
of polls would go a long way to curb the use of black money in
the electoral process.
Suggesting a "comprehensive collective package" to
fight all lacunaes in the system, she also wanted
strengthening of the vigilance machinery to check corruption
at all levels.
She refused to take a question on Baba Ramdev saying
"Ask me questions relating to Bengal and not on Delhi."
When her comments were sought on the midnight swoop on
Baba Ramdev and his followers, Banerjee said "I was not in
Delhi." She also added that Anna Hazare was given a lot of
respect by the UPA government.
On her party`s views on the issue of corruption, she
said "when the all-party meeting takes place, we will discuss
and we will give our opinion."