Nine Left parties hold protests on corruption



New Delhi: Demanding a strong Lokpal bill against corruption, nine 'non-NDA' opposition parties including the Left, TDP and Rashtriya Lok Dal Tuesday staged a protest at the main gate of Parliament.

"Nine parties have launched a country-wide agitation. We want the government to come forward with a strong Lokpal bill," CPI leader D Raja told reporters here.

Holding placards, leaders of the four Left parties along with leaders of RLD, TDP, JD (Secular), AIADMK and BJD including former Prime Minister H D Devegowda, Sitaram Yechury (CPM), Ajit Singh (RLD) and Nama Nageshwar Rao (TDP) raised slogans in support of their demand here.

"Government Lokpal Bill is not effective and we need an effective Lokpal. The Parliamentary process is on and it has been referred to the Standing Committee. All the nine parties will take up this issue through Parliamentary procedures as well as popular protest outside for an effective Lokpal," Yechury said.

On the statements made by the Prime Minister on the Lokpal issue, he said, "The Prime Minister is making all sorts of statements outside. The session is on and things should not be said outside. I think this is undermining the supremacy of Parliament and that can't be allowed."

"It is for the Prime Minister to come out and say what he thinks here. Whatever the Prime Minister and other Ministers are saying should be said officially in Parliament so that we can have a debate here," he said.

Meanwhile, Om Prakash Yadav, an independent MP from Siwan, sat on a dharna near Mahatma Gandhi's statue inside Parliament House complex in support of Hazare's Jan Lokpal bill.

The MP, who is supporting the Government, said he will discuss the issue with the people in his constituency and he may also consider withdrawing his support.

PTI