'BJP set up vigilance cell against corruption'
In a bid to get political mileage after supporting Gandhian crusader Anna Hazare, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said that his party would set up vigilance committee in all assembly constituencies of the country to check corruption. Pradip Kumar Maitra reports.india Updated: Aug 28, 2011 20:52 IST
In a bid to get political mileage after supporting Gandhian crusader Anna Hazare, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said that his party would set up vigilance committee in all assembly constituencies of the country to check corruption.
The vigilance committees will use the right to information act to expose corruption machinery and officials. "The committees would be set up soon," he said.
Reacting to Hazare's ending of indefinite fast for enacting a strong Jan Lokpal Bill, Gadkari said that the success of Hazare's agitation against corruption has given the countrymen a hope of corruption-free India.
Gadkari, who has played a major role in his party’s positive stand on Anna's agitation, said that the entire country was concerned about Anna's health. "I am extremely happy that the government conceded to his demands and finally the 12-day fast has ended," he added.
Ridiculing those who said that Dalits and Muslims were not part of Anna's agitation, he said this agitation was above all castes and religion. "Corruption is not confined to any religion and everyone is affected by its menace."
According to him, the public anger against corruption could be gauged from the fact that the entire country poured out on the streets and their anger over a corrupt system was boiling over. "The BJP will always be with Anna for his campaign against corruption and other social reforms," he said.
He agreed with the opinion of Hazare that it's a half victory. "We have to do a lot to ensure human dignity and need for everyone. There is a need for reforms in all areas, particularly education, healthcare and elections," he said and informed that the BJP had set up a committee, led by veteran party leader LK Advani, to study and recommend election reforms.
Answering a question he said that appointment of justice RA Mehta as Lokayukta of Gujarat by governor Kamala Beniwal, was violation of the constitution. Governor Beniwal appointed Justice Mehta as Lokayukta last week after bypassing the Narendra Modi-led BJP government that had kept the post vacant for the last seven years.
"The appointment was not delayed because of the state government but due to non-cooperation of Congress. The Governor has bypassed the formal process of appointment of Lokayukta and taken a one-sided decision," he further alleged.
First Published: Aug 28, 2011 20:50 IST