Dehradun: In a scathing attack on Congress government in Uttarakhand, former chief minister BC Khanduri Thursday alleged that it was trying to make Lokayukta "toothless and ineffective" with the new legislation and lacked the will to fight corruption.
The amended Lokayukta bill drafted on the lines of the Lokpal bill passed by Parliament during UPA-II got the state cabinet's nod last evening.
BJP leader Khanduri, during whose tenure the first Lokyukta legislation bill was passed by the state assembly, questioned the intention of the Congress government in revoking the measure and then bringing a revised version.
"Revoking the Lokayukta bill passed unanimously by the state assembly during my tenure and replacing it with a new one had no justification in the first place. There was a day-long discussion in the state assembly on the draft of the bill during my time.
"The changes suggested by Congress MLAs were also incorporated into the final draft which was unanimously passed by the House with support from opposition Congress," Khanduri told reporters here.
"The President gave his ascent to the bill after nearly two years of legal consultations. Still, Bahuguna government felt the need to revoke it and replace it with a new one," he said.
The BJP MP from Pauri said his Lokayukta Act was modelled upon Anna Hazare's vision of Lokpal which kept the chief minister and the higher judiciary under the ambit of the anti corruption law.
Alleging that the amended Lokayukta bill which was approved by the state cabinet yesterday was a much "watered down" version of the legislation, he said it reflected the state government's lack of will to create an effective anti-corruption watchdog.
"The state government is afraid of constituting a Lokayukta because it is aware of the level of corruption prevailing in its ranks.
"Unnecessary amendments to the bill are just part of its plan to make the institution toothless and ineffective," he said.
However, Khanduri said those who want corruption to be eliminated from society did not have anything to fear as Narendra Modi government at the Centre is prepared to fight it at all levels.