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Updated: July 29, 2011 23:54 IST

TDP to oppose Lokpal Bill

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N. Chandrababu Naidu:
N. Chandrababu Naidu: "the draft (Lokpal Bill) approved by the Union Cabinet would not serve any purpose as many of the provisions had been diluted and it was aimed at shielding the corrupt". File photo

Many provisions have been diluted to shield the corrupt: Naidu

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said his party would oppose the Lokpal Bill when it came up for discussion in the monsoon session of Parliament.

Mr. Naidu told journalists that the draft approved by the Union Cabinet would not serve any purpose as many of the provisions had been diluted and it was aimed at shielding the corrupt. The Centre displayed its insincerity by not bringing the Prime Minister under the Lokpal's ambit, a demand voiced by a cross section of people.

Disagreement

The TDP president disagreed with the view that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's inclusion would create instability. When complaints against Dr. Singh could be entertained after he demitted office, why not when he was in service, he asked.

The Centre appeared scared as at least two former Prime Ministers, Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narasimha Rao, faced corruption charges, the former in the Bofors case and the latter in the Jharkhand Mukthi Morcha MPs' bribery scandal.

Even though Dr. Singh might be honest, he looked the other way when scams such as 2G spectrum allotment came to the fore, citing “compulsions of coalition government.” Irrespective of the other parties' stand, the TDP would continue to demand the Prime Minister's inclusion in the Lok Pal ambit. It would also insist on bringing about political, financial and electoral reforms, particularly relating to funding, to check the menace of corruption, money laundering and stashing away of black money. It would also support subjecting the Chief Minister to the scrutiny of the Lokayukta at the State level.

Mr. Naidu said his party's stand was vindicated with the Karnataka Lokayukta bringing out the large-scale illegal mining of iron ore by firms owned by Karnataka Tourism Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy. The party had consistently highlighted this, but the Andhra Pradesh government did not take any action as Mr. Janardhan Reddy was close to the then Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Naidu has no voice anymore in AP. The turmoil in AP has left him without much of an option but to get some coverage that he is alive. He has lost ground in Telangana region (none of his MLAs see him as their leader). In the Andhra region he is competing with 2 Congresses which might work out in his favour (Just like Congress benefitting from Chiru in last election). In the Seema Jagan will win with his money power and muscle. Another hung predicted guys. Only way for Naidu to make a difference would be to get supporters of Anna Hazare to vote for him nad even that will not be enough for his party.

from:  Sri Bahadur
Posted on: Aug 2, 2011 at 19:21 IST

Mr Nolin,Mr Rajashekara Reddy the former CM had put so many committees on Chandrababu Naidu when he is in power but none of them proved,as most of his assets are grown up with his Heritage business which started by the TDP party fund.So the money he owned is white money.unlike x-CM he did not do land mafia,and murders and as he is not a faction leader.

from:  Midhun
Posted on: Aug 2, 2011 at 13:28 IST

Is he talking for himself or for his party? See the chaos over Telangana. The manifesto says we will give, but his MLAs and MPs are not ready for that. Even if he is sincere, can he stand by his word? Yes, accepted that he is the only one who showed development in AP, but I doubt if he can survive this turmoil in Andhra

from:  CBK
Posted on: Aug 1, 2011 at 03:56 IST

The only party in AP which has some vision for development, Mr.Naidu is undoubtedly a great leader who has put AP on the forefront.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Jul 31, 2011 at 10:33 IST

Politicians like CBN have no right to talk about Lokpal Bill,reason being allegations of corruption and amassing huge wealth after joining politics are rife.What matters most is integrity in public life,very few politicians of India can boast about.What is point of big talk when you cant practice it.

from:  Nolin Chebrolu
Posted on: Jul 30, 2011 at 23:03 IST

I hope TDP walks the talk. In next election my vote is yours. Not only mine ,whole of may family.

from:  reddy
Posted on: Jul 30, 2011 at 02:34 IST
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