Sharad Yadav fears Lokpal members becoming corrupt

Last Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 18:47

New Delhi: JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav on Saturday expressed his apprehensions that people running the proposed Lokpal could end up serving their own interest instead that of the anti-graft body.
"We all want Lokpal to be strong and a constitutional
body, but at times it does raise a fear that it will create
another layer of corruption. One more group will be added for
corruption (through it)," Yadav said at a function organised
by the party`s newly formed Anti-Corruption Front.

Yadav said that he would be meeting Team Anna members
here tomorrow to have an "open discussion" over the Lokpal
issue.

Underlining that corruption is prevalent in all section
of society, he said, "Those who will be running the Lokpal
will be part of our society only. They may get interested in
serving their own interest. We have to go for a bigger fight
to improve the nature and character of our society which is
badly maligned by corruption."

Drawing a comparison with the Western countries, he said,
"US and Europe have managed to rule half of the world only
because people there are law abiding and believe in justice
for every human being. But in India, injustice is seen at
every step. We have so many laws, but before these are
implemented, we start finding ways to overrule it."
He termed poverty as the biggest ill afflicting the
country which has caused other social evils.

Yadav said the fight against corruption has happened
earlier too and Anna Hazare is one of those people who decide
to fight against it.

"Before Anna Hazare, people like Jai Prakash Narayan, Ram
Manohar Lohia and others started anti-corruption movements.
Parliament has always played an important role in this massive
task. We always need to renew our oath against corruption as
it keeps changing its form and dimension with time," he said.

Talking about the recent government decision to allow FDI
in retail sector, he said, "We have won another battle by
forcing the government to take back this decision. There are
crores of people in the retail sector and this decision would
have hit them all."

Terming the prevalent caste system as another evil force
in the country, he targeted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati for indulging into "statue politics".

"No other country has so many statues as in in India.
Mayawati has added few more of these in the name of caste.
Even our politics is caste based, and we cannot deny that
caste is one of the truths about Indian society. I don`t know
how good it is but it has been a dividing force," Yadav said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 18:47

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