‘Corporates may target govt through Lokpal’



New Delhi: Ahead of the consideration of Lokpal Bill by Parliament, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi on Monday warned that the anti-corruption ombudsman may become a tool of powerful corporates to get back at political class and government.

Claiming that corporate houses are not happy with the government on the ground that they are not benefitting from the policies of the UPA, Ravi said there are "sinister designs" to limit powers of MPs and other elected representatives.

"That's why the talk of policy paralysis and other complaints. They feel they are not benefitting from the policies of the government...That is why there are efforts to limit powers of MPs and other elected representatives," Ravi said.

"Who will benefit from Lokpal. Certainly the corporate houses. They have been very critical of the government as they feel nothing is moving for them. They are becoming very powerful and they may misuse Lokpal in future to get back on government. There is a sinister campaign in all this," he said.

Accusing Anna Hazare of trying to undermine supremacy of Constitution, Ravi said he was running the campaign with "ulterior motives".

"This man is trying to dictate things with ulterior motives. He is trying undermine the Constitution which is the highest document of the country. He is trying to weaken Parliament by making unreasonable demands. There is way to do things," he said.

PTI