Speeches can’t solve corruption: Sonia Gandhi

Sonia took on Team Anna and questioned their continued distrust of the government’s motive on Lokpal Bill.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2011, 15:54 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Speaking out for the first time on the issue of corruption after Anna Hazare occupied the centrestage with the Lokpal Bill, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said that corruption cannot be tackled by speeches alone.

Sonia was scheduled to address a rally in Uttarakhand today but had to skip it owing to ill health. Instead, her speech was read out at the rally.

In her speech, Sonia took on Team Anna and questioned their continued distrust of the government’s motive even after Prime Minister’s categorical assertion that the UPA government is committed to the Lokpal Bill.

“Why an issue is being raised after PM assurance? Government is committed, so what’s the noise all about?” she said.

The Congress president also made it a point to stress that it was the UPA government which had brought in the RTI Act. “Who gave the RTI law, look it up,” she said.

Key Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal welcomed Sonia’s statement articulating the government’s seriousness on the Lokpal issue. He wrote on Twitter that he hopes that the PM stands by his promise on the issue and that a strong Lokpal Bill will be introduced in the Winter Session of the Parliament.

In its reaction to Sonia’s assertive words on the issue of corruption, the BJP said that it would be better if the Congress president could explain to the nation about the steps taken by the UPA government to get rid of corruption.

Referring to the 2G scam, the BJP also demanded that Sonia must explain why Raja is in jail and while Chidambaram’s role is not being questioned.