Will take the Lokpal battle to people: BJP

BJP on Friday demanded PM`s immediate resignation saying the UPA govt has no moral right to continue in the office after its betrayal on Lokpal.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 13:27 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Making a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA government for cheating the nation over the Lokpal Bill, the main opposition BJP on Friday said that it will take the fight for a strong anti-graft legislation to the people.

Speaking to reports here, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said, “The Congress government has made a mockery of the parliamentary democracy. After a high-voltage drama, the government deferred the vote on the crucial bill, which is a strong indication of the fact that it lacks the will to fight corruption.”

Criticising the ruling side the BJP leader said, “It is unfortunate that everything happened in front of the Prime Minister and the government has made fun of Parliament."

“The fight for an effective and strong Lokpal legislation will not end here and the party has decided to take the battle to streets. We will involve more and more people and expose the UPA government for its betrayal on the issue,” Gadkari said.
Hardening his tone, the BJP president said, “The government has suffered humiliation in both Houses of Parliament. The Constitutional Amendment Bill was defeated in the Lok Sabha and its own allies opposed it. It lacked numbers in the Rajya Sabha, so it deferred the vote, which should have take place at any cost. All this clearly shows the government’s intentions.”

Gadkari also demanded that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his entire Cabinet must resign immediately since the UPA government has lost the moral high ground to continue in the office.

Gadkari also rejected allegations that BJP took a U-turn and backtracked on the issue while it supported the Lokpal Bill in the Standing Committee earlier.
“We have not changed our stand. We still want a strong Lokpal that’s why we have moved several amendments to fix the existing loopholes in it, but those were not acceptable to the government.”

He also informed that a meeting of the BJP Core Group has been convened later this evening to discuss the future course of action.

BJP chief warned that the party has unanimously decided to launch a nation-wide agitation on the Lokpal issue in the days to come.