Cong slams BJP ‘doublespeak’ on graft fight

Congress

'Here you shed crocodile tears on the Lokpal and there for a decade you don't appoint the Lokayukta in a state which you project as a model state'

The Congress on Wednesday came down heavily on the BJP and the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat charging them with "doublespeak" on the issue of fighting corruption after the Supreme Court dismissed Gujarat government's plea challenging Justice (retd) R A Mehta's appointment as Lokayukta.

"The judgment has shown that the decision of the Governor in appointing the Lokayukta was right. But more importantly, it has proved the clear difference between what the BJP has been saying and what they actually mean. It has exposed their doublespeak," Congress party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said on Wednesday. "The real face of the BJP has come to the fore."

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the decision of the Gujarat government to challenge the appointment all the way up to the Supreme court smacked of double-standards. "Here you shed crocodile tears on the Lokpal and there for a decade you don't appoint the Lokayukta in a state which you project as a model state," he said. "What is it that you are trying to hide by not subjecting yourself to independent oversight," he asked referring to Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Alvi said he hoped that the Lokayukta in Gujarat begins functioning as early as possible so that "truth in corruption cases may come out before the nation".

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