Telugu Desam party president N. Chandrababu Naidu has appealed to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to concede the demand of fasting social activist Anna Hazare and constitute a joint committee for drafting Lok Pal Bill to tackle corruption.

In a letter sent to the Prime Minister on Thursday, Mr. Naidu said the joint committee should not confine itself to political parties but include eminent persons and civil society organisations. The Bill should be drafted in such a way that it could be introduced in the monsoon session of the Parliament.

Supports fast

He said the fast undertaken by Mr. Hazare has to be supported by one and all.

“I strongly feel it is time to enact a new legislation to deal with issues of corruption and black money”.

Comprehensive Bill

Recalling his earlier letter written on January 23, Mr. Naidu said he had made a request to the Prime Minister to initiate a national debate on these two issues.

He had emphasised on the need for a comprehensive legislation, ‘re-engineering' of the existing enforcement agencies, recovery of illegally acquired money, establishment of fast track courts and electoral reforms to eliminate influence of money power in politics.

He said he was compelled to write that letter after a series of scandals eroded the confidence of common public in the democratic institutions of the country.

Centre's procrastination and indifference made the highest court to intervene and pull up the government on every issue of corruption, he added.

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