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Left, TDP demand strong Lokpal Bill

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In solidarity: TDP and Left parties' leaders (in background) at the dharna staged in support of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
In solidarity: TDP and Left parties' leaders (in background) at the dharna staged in support of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Leaders of Left parties and Telugu Desam have emphasised the need for introduction of an effective and strong Lokpal bill in Parliament.

Participating in a day-long ‘dharna' against corruption at Indira Park here on Tuesday in response to the call given by nine parties across the country, the leaders wanted steps to break the nexus between politicians and corporates, electoral reforms, making judiciary accountable and decentralisation of power, for tackling the menace.

State CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu said the provisions envisaged in the Lokpal Bill were not enough to check corruption.

Something more was needed to make the institution of Lokpal strong. It was strange that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh maintained silence all through the time when scandals like 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Housing Society kept occurring, he added.

Corruption could be tackled only through a political process, said CPI State Council secretary K. Narayana. Had the Prime Minister acted on the petition submitted by CPI and CPI (M) leaders in 2004, these scams would not have happened.

TDP leader T. Devender Goud said it was unfortunate that some MLAs had resigned in defence of a person who misused his father's position as Chief Minister.

These resignations were only aimed at diverting attention of people from corruption, he said.

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