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Updated: June 22, 2011 14:48 IST

Mamata sees no point in inclusion of PM under Lokpal

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an interaction with the media in New Delhi on Tuesday.
PTI West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an interaction with the media in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Inclusion of Prime Minister or Chief Justice of India in the ambit of Lokpal “hardly matters” in the fight against corruption, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday.

“It is not a big question...whether Prime Minister or Chief Justice is included, it hardly matters. Do you think that inclusion of one person will strengthen the fight against corruption?” she asked.

However, she also said that in case the Prime Minister is included in the ambit of Lokpal, “I have no problem. I am with the UPA.”

To a question, she denied that she had blamed civil society groups for enacting “drama” on the issue of corruption.

In an apparent dig at civil society, she had yesterday said: “Our party is against corruption. But we are also against creating drama.”

To another question, Ms. Banerjee said “if anyone says all politicians are corrupt, then let them join politics.”

Pressing for a comprehensive package to check the menace of corruption at all levels, the Trinamool Congress chief demanded that the money illegally stashed abroad should be brought back.

She also suggested that electoral reform measures be carried out by the Election Commission and said State funding of polls would go a long way to curb the use of black money in the electoral process.

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