With corruption charges perceived as the biggest slur on the second UPA government, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi pushed for six more anti-graft bills to “complete (the) unfinished work in our fight against corruption.”
Participating in the debate on the Lokpal Bill in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Gandhi favoured a “comprehensive anti-corruption code” consisting of bills on amendment to the Prevention of
Corruption Act, the right of citizens for time-bound delivery of goods and services, public procurement, curb bribes to foreign nationals, judicial standards and accountability and protection to whistle-blowers.
All these bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha by the second UPA government. If not passed, these bills lapse and the next government will have to start from the scratch on these key legislation.
Top party sources indicated after the junior Gandhi’s war-cry against corruption, the government is exploring the possibility of not drawing curtains on the current session. The winter session may not be prorogued and reconvene next month for a short period after the Telangana Bill returns to the centre. This government is also keen to pass the Telangana Bill before the general election.
Asking all parties to come together and create history by passing the Lokpal Bill, Gandhi said, ”We have the opportunity to do what our predecessors in Parliament have been unable to do for 45 years since the first introduction of a Lokpal Bill by the Government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1968.”
A candid Gandhi admitted that laws like Right to Information and Lokpal would not be enough.