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Sharad for wide graft scanner

JANATA DAL (United) national president and former union minister Sharad Yadav today called for setting up a national commission for surveying fixed assets of prominent personalities in the fields of legislature, judiciary, bureaucracy and media, saying the survey document could form a basis for a serious debate on corruption.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2006 14:09 IST

JANATA DAL (United) national president and former union minister Sharad Yadav today called for setting up a national commission for surveying fixed assets of prominent personalities in the fields of legislature, judiciary, bureaucracy and media, saying the survey document could form a basis for a serious debate on corruption.

Addressing a press conference here today, Yadav said that the document should be placed before Parliament and then a serious debate be conducted on it with a view to eradicating corruption in the system through law.

The commission should limit its role only to surveying the assets and not enquire into their sources or recommend any action, he suggested. “ The idea is that a solid ground is found for debating the issue on public forum,’’ he said. He has already written in this regard to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and as many as 800 MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

He said that corruption has become so deeply ingrained in the system that piecemeal efforts cannot help in its total eradication. While praising the media for highlighting the issue (sting operations) and Parliament for taking prompt action, he, however, cautioned that wider steps are needed to root out the evil.

Yadav said that it is evident that a majority of high-level corrupt activities are either indulged in by persons belonging to the four pillars of democracy or by outsiders with support from members of any of these pillars. Thus, the personalities – living and dead – should be brought under purview of the proposed survey.

They should include all the MPS, MLAs, all gazetted officers of state and Central government, all accredited journalists, mainly in major cities and prominent members of the judiciary.

On the state of affairs in MP, Yadav said the BJP should provide a stable government in the State and the present situation where three chief ministers have been changed in two years is not a good scenario.

Yadav also came down heavily on people who do not cast their vote, saying that they are weakening the democracy. Citizens who do not cast vote for three consecutive times should be disfranchised, Yadav suggested.

The JD (U) president refused to comment on Sanjay Joshi -CD issue, saying that it is hardly a matter worth discussion and that the person concerned has already tendered resignation.

As for the apparent return of BJP towards core Hinduism, he said that it was very clear from the beginning that such disputed issued would be separated from the common minimum programme of NDA.

On whether Ram temple should be constructed at disputed site in Ayodhya, he said that he sticks to
his stand that it is a matter to be resolved either through court or through mutual discussions. MLA and state president of Saroj Bachchan Nayak was also present at the press conference.

First Published: Jan 03, 2006 14:09 IST