Mamata refuses to comment on Anna's appeal to her
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today refused to comment on Anna Hazare's appeal to her to pressurise UPA on lokpal issue as she did in case of FDI in retail, saying that one must abide by the Constitution.kolkata Updated: Dec 14, 2011 22:47 IST
West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday refused to comment on Anna Hazare's appeal to her to pressurise UPA on lokpal issue as she did in case of FDI in retail, saying that one must abide by the Constitution.
"He is a big man, I can't comment," Banerjee said when asked about Hazare's appeal to her to support him on the lokpal bill issue.
"Dineshda (railway minister Dinesh Trivedi) is there, you can ask him," she said during an interview to a Bengali news channel in Kolkata.
However, the chief minister said, "There is vigilance department to look into such issues. One must abide by the Constitution."
Earlier, raising his pitch on lokpal issue, Hazare found fault with government for bringing a separate citizens' charter bill, saying it was against the assurance given by Parliament to him and urged Banerjee to pressurise UPA on lokpal issue as she did on FDI in retail.
"She has done a wonderful thing in case of FDI for the country. Her decision protected many small traders. Our request is that the country which is facing such huge threat of corruption should get lokpal that may eradicate 60-70% of the menace if not 100%.
"Our request to behen Mamata is that you should also put a good word forward for lokpal so that corruption is eradicated to some extent," he said.
First Published: Dec 14, 2011 22:45 IST