Chief minister Mayawati on Tuesday announced to support only a strong Lokpal Bill and not the one drafted by the UPA government. Mayawati also supported the demand of social activist Anna Hazare for the inclusion of prime minister and the CBI in the anti-graft law.
Addressing journalists in Lucknow, the chief minister explaining the stand of the BSP on the issue, said the party would press for a strong bill at the all-party meeting summoned by the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Wednesday. The chief minister also laid stress on strictly adhering to federal structure of the Constitution while finalizing the draft bill.
Assailing the Congress-led UPA government, the chief minister said inclusion of the CBI in the Lokpal was the only way to stop its misuse.
"Since I am victim in Taj Corridor case, I understand how the CBI is being politically used", Mayawati said, adding the Congress had been dilly-dallying in brining a strong anti-graft law because of the fear that its most of the leaders including ministers would face the music.
Claiming that the BSP was committed to fight against corruption and criminalization of politics, Mayawati said during the last four years, her government had taken action against MLAs, MPs, ministers involved in the corruption. She said even some corrupt and criminal elements, which entered in BSP, had corrupted dedicated leaders and workers. However whenever the issue came to her notice, she did not spare even these leaders, Mayawati said, adding that dalits and other weaker sections should be given representation in the Lok Pal institution. Apart from the senior officers, Mayawati also demanded inclusion of lower class employees in the Lok Pal as the people were fed up with corruption at the lower level.
Emphasizing on evolving consensus on Lok Pal Bill, the chief minister said Mayawati said the BSP would not support the present bill. Mayawati also criticized the UPA government for not being serious in bringing black money stashed in foreign banks. Despite knowing the names, the UPA government had been hiding them, Mayawati said and added she had inherited corruption and criminalization of politics in UP from previous governments.