Pass `Jan Lokpal Bill` in next Parliament session: Manpreet
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 21:38
Chandigarh: Former Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal on Thursday commended social activist Anna Hazare's action and said that it will start a much needed cleansing process in administrative set ups.

People's Party fully endorses the need for a stronger Lok Pal Bill, Manpreet said adding that "I do not understand government's hitch in adapting the Jan Lokpal Bill."

"As an expression of solidarity with Anna Hazare's protest, the People's Party of Punjab shall be presenting memorandums to all the Deputy Commissioners in Punjab tomorrow," Manpreet said here.

The PPP feels that Lokpal should not only be allowed to take complaints from public, but he/she should have the power to take suo motto notice and to register FIRs.

On Hazare's protest, he disapproved the manner in which certain politicians sought to take political mileage.

"They were rightfully jeered. The fact, that some of them thought that they could score some political points indicates their corrupt mindsets. Also, considering that some of them are facing corruption charges, their attempts to foster association with this campaign reeks of hypocrisy," he said.

"We appeal that the draft of the Jan Lokpal be presented in the next session of Parliament. Similar Lokpal offices with similar powers should be created at state level too," he said.

Meanwhile, activists of about two dozen Non Government Organisations (NGOs) in Phagwara, while supporting social activist Anna Hazare, today declared that their 51 members will sit on fast tomorrow in front of local Bus Stand along National Highway 1.

This was disclosed by an NGO worker TD Chawla here today.


First Published: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 21:38

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