Centre's proposed Lokpal Bill ineffective, says Bangarappa
The Janata Dal (Secular), which supports the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by members of civil society, has not said whether it wants the judiciary to come within the ambit of the Lokpal or it wants a separate Judicial Commission to investigate charges of graft against judges.
“The decision on this issue should be taken by Parliament after eliciting the opinions of all parliamentarians,” said the former Chief Minster and JD(S) leader S. Bangarappa.
Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, he was evasive when asked about his party's position on bringing the judiciary within the ambit of the Lokpal.
At the beginning of the press conference, Mr. Bangarappa emphatically supported the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by Team Anna, and demanded that it be implemented in toto.
It may be noted that the Left parties, which, like the JD(S), are a part of the third front, have made it clear that although they support most of Mr. Hazare's demands, they do not want the judiciary to come within the ambit of the Lokpal, preferring a separate Judicial Commission.
Meanwhile, stating that the Union Government's proposed Lokpal Bill was ineffective, Mr. Bangarappa demanded that the Government withdraw it immediately. Advocating the need for stronger laws to curb corruption, he said the Jan Lokpal Bill was powerful and effective. “Corruption has reached all levels of society; thus it is crucial to bring in an effective law to help people who have been suffering owing to corruption,” he said.
Expressing concern over the health of Mr. Hazare, who is on a hunger strike, Mr. Bangarappa cautioned the Congress that people would lose their patience if Mr. Hazare's health deteriorated.
“The Congress must understand the mood of people and act quickly. Take action to present a strong Lokpal Bill before the situation slips out of control,” he urged.
Asserting that the people of the nation wanted change, he urged the Congress to understand the aspirations of people and ensure the passage of the Lokpal Bill in the ongoing Parliament session.