Senior Congress leader R.V. Deshpande on Tuesday advised national leaders such as L.K. Advani to air their views on the Lokpal Bill in Parliament rather than on the streets, undermining democratic institutions and the Constitution. People should be allowed to give their views on the Bill and civil society should not force the Jan Lokpal Bill on the nation in a hurry. He said that there were 153 amendments to the RTI draft Bill, before it became a law.
Speaking to presspersons here, he criticised civil society members and some Opposition parties for favouring bringing the Prime Minister under the Bill as there was scope for taking action against him using the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Money Laundering Act, the IPC, Cr.PC using the Right to Information Act.
Only the United Progressive Alliance Government headed by the Congress showed concern for curbing corruption and it exhibited its commitment by removing Ashok Chavan, A. Raja and Suresh Kalmadi from their posts, and arresting Kanimozhi, MP, in the recent past and Natwar Singh and Shashi Taroor some time ago, and none could doubt its sincerity on the issue, he said.
One could see corruption in the distribution of benefits under the MNREGA, widow pension, old age pension, free sites and houses and subsidised gas connection and foodgrains to the poor, he said.