Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Thursday said
he was in favour of including the Prime Minister under the
purview of the Lokpal Bill as it would help the office prove
it was not guilty of anything.
In a statement, he said the inclusion would clearly tell
the world that the Prime Minister was not afraid. "It will
help to prove that we are clean", he said.
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself had stated that he
was not against including the office under the Lokpal Bill,
The DMK patriarch pointed out that during his tenure as
Chief Minister in the early seventies, he had brought forward
an anti-corruption legislation bringing the Chief Minister
under the Act.
Though he had highlighted this fact in his recent
interaction with the media, reports published stated that he
was following a line against the UPA`s position on the Lokpal
Bill, he said.
Karunanidhi`s political rival and Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa has disfavoured bringing the PM under the Lokpal