Trouble for govt if Lokpal draft is bogus: CPI

Pressing its demand for a strong Lokpal with teeth to fight corruption, the CPI on Thursday warned that the government could face "trouble" if it comes up with a bogus draft in Parliament.

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2011, 21:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Pressing its demand for a
strong Lokpal with teeth to fight corruption, the CPI on Thursday
warned that the government could face "trouble" if it comes up
with a bogus draft in Parliament.

The remarks came after a team of civil society
activists led by Anna Hazare met leaders of the Communist
Party of India (CPI) to put their points across on the issue
of the Lokpal and seek support for their version of the bill.
CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan said after the
meeting that his party wants an "effective law which has teeth
to fight corruption" and that the Left parties and others
supporting it will discuss the issue.

He said when Parliament convenes, the CPI expects the
government to introduce the bill "but we can`t predict what
will be in it".

"Which draft will be introduced (in Parliament), we
don`t know. If the government comes up with a bogus draft,
then there will be trouble," he told reporters.

He, however, said good discussions are expected in
Parliament on the issue.

Hazare, accompanied by Kiran Bedi and Arvind Kejriwal,
met Bardhan, CPI National Secretary D Raja and party leader
Atul Kumar Anjan here.

Following the meeting, the anti-corruption activist
said his team was meeting party leaders to inform them about
the two different drafts that have been brought out.

"We respect democracy. Before the Lokpal Bill is
introduced in Parliament, we are trying to talk to all
parties, informing them about the provisions in the government
draft and Jan Lokpal Bill," Hazare said.
"A joint drafting committee was supposed to bring a
single draft but suddenly it has come up with two drafts. So
we are having discussions with political parties to put across
our point," Hazare said.

He said during the meetings with political parties,
his team had received good suggestions but accused the
government of being "adamant" on certain issues.

"There is a need to put a brake on corruption," he
said.

Bardhan, on his part, said the one-and-a-half hour
long discussion with civil society activists was "good" and
"enlightening".

"We will discuss the points raised during the
discussions inside our party," he said.

PTI