The BJP on Sunday said that Rahul Gandhi's statement that he was working to improve the system "sounded hollow" as it could not see any action on the ground by the Congress-led government to check corruption.
Reacting to Gandhi's letter to former Supreme Court judge V R Krishna Iyer, the BJP said if the Congress General Secretary was so serious about corruption, then he should highlight the steps taken in this direction during his party's seven-year rule in the country.
"We don't see action on the ground against corruption.... The claims sound hollow. If he is taking steps than why has corruption not ended," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.
Reacting sharply to former Iyer's letter accusing him of being "silent" on corruption, Gandhi said he is working to improve a "rotten system" instead of just complaining and has no intention of being glorified as a hero.
Congress insiders associated with Gandhi's Youth Congress initiative say that a close look at his work clearly reveals that he was for "real action than loud noise" on the issue. They claimed the AICC general secretary has been "very consistent in his approach onwards corruption all these years".
"In almost every student interaction and press conferences whenever questions on corruption came up, Gandhi made it clear that he favoured a long term solution to corruption in politics and elsewhere which he considers a systemic issue," a party leader associated with Gandhi said.
On January 29 in Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Gandhi clearly enunciated his views on the issue of corruption seeking stringent and speedy action against corruption.
At the press conference, Gandhi had described corruption as the "problem which is inherent in the system the way political parties are designed and the only way to change this is to look at the design and that is what we do in Youth Congress".
He said, "What disturbs me is that everyday people talk about corruption but few people actually look at how to change the political structure."
Gandhi had also said, "the dirt is in the political structure and its design. If you just go on saying there is cancer and go on repeating it won’t help, you have to act. If we have to do something inside the political system."
Advocating two types of measures to change the system, he had said, "Deal with corruption very strictly. Punishment should be quickly and efficiently within six months instead of 20 years and secondly in the in long term youngsters with clean image should come into politics."
In an interaction with students of Santiniketan in West Bengal last year, Gandhi had said, "I know there is corruption. Corruption is everywhere... people like you should come forward. Tell me the solution."
He had then said that allegations of corruption always draw applause but those who come with solutions to such problems get no appreciation.
In the letter to Aiyar, Gandhi has said "I work because I believe in working to improve a system that is rotten and not to be glorified."