Asserting that enactment of the Lokpal Bill was not enough to check corruption, the CPI(M) on Friday said the country needs laws for poll and land reforms and also tackling corruption by corporates.
Addressing a protest rally in New Delhi, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat accused the UPA government of being the “most corrupt” in Independent India with “a scam being unearthed every single day” and found fault with the economic policies pursued by it.
He said that the country needs legislations to tackle corruption in the judiciary and on land and electoral reforms. “We need a strong Lokpal. But one single Lokpal will not help us in the fight against corruption,” he told protesters, a view echoed by CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leaders A.B. Bardhan and D. Raja and Forward Bloc’s Debabrata Biswas.
Mr. Karat said the government bill does not have provision for bringing the corrupt practices of corporates under the ambit of Lokpal or bringing the whole bureaucracy under the ombudsman.
“Thousands of acres of land are being acquired by government. Lokpal alone is not helpful in tackling the issue of land acquisition. For that what we need is a strong (land acquisition) law,” he said.