UPA government criticised for not taking steps to curb graft

Hundreds of activists of the opposition Telugu Desam Party, Communist Party of India, CPI(M), and Lok Satta Party took out a rally in the town on Tuesday in support of the indefinite fast by social activist Anna Hazare for adoption of the Jan Lokpal bill.

The actvists led by TDP district president D. Janardhan, CPI district secretary M. Venkaiah, CPI(M) district secretary J. Anjaiah, Lok Satta Party district vice-president Md. Rafi took out an impressive procession from the Kurnool road flyover to the Prakasam Bhavan. They raised slogans in support of team Anna and against the ‘corrupt' Congress.

Mr Janardhan opposed the UPA government's version of Lokpal bill and expressed concern over the delay on the part of the UPA government in holding talks with Anna Hazare and finding a solution to the issue.

Mr Anjaiah blamed the neo-liberal economic policies for the rampant corruption and found fault with the Manmohan Singh government for not taking serious steps to curb graft.

Mr Venkaiah alleged that the ruling Congress both at the Centre and in the State, was steeped in corruption and insincere in fighting the cancerous corruption. The Lok Satta Party believed in fighting corruption from Delhi to the galli by putting in place institutional mechanism to fight corruption at the levels of the Centre, State and local bodies, Mr Rafi said.

TDP leader T Aruna condemned the arrest of Anna Hazare and lodging him in the Tihar jail, where scam-tainted leaders, including former Telecom Minister A Raja, had been put.