If Lokpal Bill dear, why Cong stalling Uttarakhand's: Modi

Narendra ModiModi flags off the BJP's nationwide ‘Run for Unity’ in Vadodara on Sunday. Bhupendra Rana

Questioning Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's commitment to the Lokpal Bill, Narendra Modi said here on Sunday that if the Congress really wanted it, it should implement the Lokayukta Act brought in by the previous BJP government in Uttarakhand.

Modi was addressing his maiden rally in the state after being chosen the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, and his first after the results for the recent Assembly elections were declared.

Addressing an impressive crowd at his 'Shankhnad rally' at Parade Ground in Dehradun, Modi did not name Rahul but left few in doubt about whom he meant. "You see a Congress leader held a press conference yesterday. He delivered his speech on Lokpal.

Mahan updehsak ki tarah Lokpal Bill ke liye kah rahe the (Like a great preacher, he was advocating the Lokpal Bill). If he is concerned about corruption, why has his government failed to implement the Bill in Uttarakhand?" Modi asked.

The Congress vice-president addressed a press conference on Saturday seeking support of other parties to pass the Lokpal Bill in Parliament.

Modi added that Anna Hazare had appreciated the Uttarakhand Bill, which was passed by the state Assembly during the tenure of B C Khanduri. The Bill got presidential assent in September this year, but the new Congress government in Uttarakhand led by Vijay Bahuguna has not taken any step to implement it.

The Gujarat Chief Minister also accused the Uttarakhand government of "hounding" yoga guru Ramdev "unnecessarily". If the Congress government spent even half the energy it is "wasting" over investigating Ramdev on rehabilitating victims of the Uttarakhand floods in June, their fortunes would have turned around, he said.

"It is surprising that the Congress government in the state is lodging a new case against Ramdev every day," Modi said, describing it virtually as political vendetta. "Did any of our chief ministers trouble the Congress in the state during their tenures?"

... contd.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
comments powered by Disqus