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Rajnath Singh sees bid to thwart Lokpal Bill

Shoumojit Banerjee



Rajnath Singh

Patna: The Congress is not morally disposed to supporting the Jan Lokpal Bill and efforts are on to thwart its smooth passage. And the allegations against the Lokpal Bill draft committee members and lawyers Shanti Bhushan and his son, Prashant Bhushan, are an attempt to derail the anti-corruption campaign run by the civil society, according to the former BJP president, Rajnath Singh.

“Who is corrupt or not is for the court to decide; our friends in the Congress need not get so anxious,” he said, referring to Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh's charges against the father-son duo.

Mr. Singh said the BJP was not giving a clean chit to anybody. It was keen that there should not be obstacles to the drafting of the anti-corruption Bill.

The recent developments showed that the UPA government was not keen on curbing corruption, he told reporters here on Saturday.

The BJP would unconditionally lend support to the draft Bill in a “consensual form,” he added.

Modi issue

Asked about the allegation by senior IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi gave a free rein to kar sevaks to vent their anger against Muslims after the Godhra coach burning incident, Mr. Singh said he personally did not believe Mr. Modi was capable of saying like that.

“The truth will come out sooner or later. But the development done by Mr. Modi in Gujarat is highly commendable,” he pointed out.

To a question on resentment in the party against Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Singh downplayed the differences between Mr. Gandhi and senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, stating that the BJP was a large organisation with diverse views. “If there are any [such] differences, then it has been taken out of proportion by the media.”

Mr. Singh charged the UPA government with failing to control price rise. “The UPA has worked for seven years and has completely failed to rein in the price rise. The Central government had not yet been able to determine the root cause and apply a requisite price sterilisation mechanism to control the oil prices.”

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