Sonia attacks Oppn`s `double standards` in tackling corruption

Coming down heavily on opposition parties attempting to corner the UPA govt on the issue of corruption, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said they should refrain from adopting double standards on the problem.

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2010, 18:12 PM IST

Allahabad: Coming down heavily on opposition
parties attempting to corner the UPA government on the issue
of corruption, Congress president Sonia Gandhi today said they
should refrain from adopting double standards on the problem
and act strongly like the Centre.

"I would like to tell all the opposition parties that
they should refrain from following double standards on the
issue of corruption and take effective measures as done by the
Congress and the UPA government," she said.

Gandhi was addressing a rally organised as part functions
to celebrate her party`s 125th year of foundation.

The Congress leader said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
personally and the government as a whole has taken steps to
maintain transparency in the system.

"Strong steps have been taken to make the system
corruption free," she said.

Gandhi said whenever serious complaints of corruption
were received, stern action was taken. "Our effort is to
ensure that corruption does not become a hurdle in the path of
development. We are not like others and will not tolerate
corruption," she said.

Gandhi said the UPA government has always struggled for
the rights of "aam adami" (common man).

"For their all round development, several programmes in
the field of education, housing and employment generation has
been launched and laws enacted," she said.

"It is our heartiest wish that there is a positive change
in the life of every citizen and a bright future for the young
generation," she said.

The Congress president said it was the responsibility of
the party workers to ensure that these schemes and programmes
were implemented in every village and city and real
beneficiaries got the benefit.

"It is the responsibility of party workers to create
awareness among people and maintain vigil on implementation.
It should be ensured that middlemen do not create hurdle and there is no scope for corruption," she said.
She said it was a challenging task and the government
understood its responsibility.

The Congress president said the party has taken politics
as a medium to serve the poor and weaker sections.

"This was the reason that thousands of crore of rupees
were allocated to Uttar Pradesh without any bias. Our
intention is uplift of the people so that they can march along
with others," she said.
However, she alleged that despite heavy allocation of
funds there were complaints relating to basic amenities.

"Law and order in UP is not good. There is corruption
from top to bottom," she alleged.

PTI