VP for consensus on ?office of profit? issue
FORMER PRIME Minister VP Singh has suggested to the government to convene a meeting of various political parties and evolve a consensus on the ‘office of profit’ issue.
Talking to newspersons at the Circuit House here on Sunday, he said a suitable law could be drafted after discussions among parties. That would provide a lasting solution to the problem and would be acceptable to all, he said.
To a question about the impact of the Indo-US nuclear agreement that was concluded during US President George W Bush’s visit, Singh said India had been able to maintain full rights on some nuclear plants. The rest would come under international inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency, he said.
The agreement would boost nuclear energy production in the country and help in the development process, he said.
However, he said the long-standing problem of disposal of nuclear waste should be solved amicably. To another question about farmers’ problems in the wake of rising cost of inputs and shortage of power, Singh said it was hoped that power shortfall may be a thing of the past by 2007 in UP. Otherwise farmers would have no choice, but to press for their legitimate demands, he said.
Earlier, VP Singh arrived here in the afternoon en route to Tanda (Ambedkar Nagar) for a brief stopover. He had gone to address a public meeting there.
He was accompanied by Loktantrik Congress national president Mohammed Masood and MP Raj Babbar.
Later, talking to newspersons, Raj Babbar said he had launched a non-political forum ‘Socialist Morcha’ to solve the problems of farmers, youths and the downtrodden. He said he would seek cooperation from all socialists, irrespective of their party affiliation.
He also said the government should convene a meeting of political parties to resolve the controversy over the ‘office of profits’. Efforts should be made to uphold high moral values in public life, he said.
To a question about his involvement in films, Raj Babbar said that there was paucity of time for films due to his busy public life. However, he said he had three films in hand, including ‘Corporate’ opposite Bipasha Basu, ‘Benares’ opposite Urmila Matondkar and another film ‘Ji Hasina’.
He was working on production of a TV serial ‘Lord of the Five Rivers-Maharaj Ranjit Singh’ . He said the story was based on the history of India between 1740 and 1840.