Cong backs Nitish's stand on Bihar Lokayukta Bill



New Delhi: Congress on Friday backed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's stand on the issue of the state Lokayukta Bill and said that elected representatives are "answerable" only to the people.

Kumar had yesterday said he does not require anybody's certificate in the crusade against corruption in the state, a stand which Congress spokesman Manish Tewari also supported.

"In Parliament and in (state) assemblies, elected representatives owe their answer to the people," Tewari told reporters here.

"His (Nitish's) statement is self-speaking. At the root of his entire assertion is the fact that elected representatives owe their answers to the people," Tewari said adding, "The essence of Kumar's statement is correct."

Nitish had reacted sharply to Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal's criticism of the Bihar Lokayukta Bill and asked Team Anna to be on guard against pre-judging the final outcome of the Bill.

PTI