Cong reacts differently to U’khand Lokayukta

A day after the BJP govt in Uttarakhand passed legislation creating a Lokayukta (ombudsman), the Congress spoke in different voices Wednesday while reacting to the development.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 15:47 PM IST

New Delhi: A day after the BJP government in Uttarakhand passed legislation creating a Lokayukta (ombudsman), the Congress spoke in different voices Wednesday with Law Minister Salman Khurshid hailing the move and general secretary Digvijay Singh saying it was "nothing great".

"It is good they have made a Lokayukta. That is what we were saying, every state should pass its own Lokayukta bill and the centre should pass the Lokpal bill," Khurshid told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

"If some state has done that, congratulations to them," he said.
Uttarakhand became the first state in India to bring the chief minister under the ambit of the Lokayukta. It was lauded by Team Anna member Kiran Bedi who said it was in "full spirit of the Lokpal".

Digvijay Singh, however, didn`t think so. He countered Team Anna`s appreciation and said it was proof of the team`s inclination towards the BJP.

"This is nothing great... until we see the draft of the Lokayukta bill of Uttarakhand, we can`t really comment," he told reporters here.

"But I am not really surprised, it once again proves that point... everything a BJP government does is good for Anna`s team. Everything the Congress does is not good for Anna`s team because they feel that Congress is untouchable."

IANS