Modi backs Ramdev, asks if Lokpal Bill dear, why Congress stalling Uttarakhand’s
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 of 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?" he asked, pointing towards the BJP's three former CMs in the state — B C Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who were present on the dais.