The former Uttarakhand Chief Minister, B.C. Khanduri, on Monday criticised the Congress-led government in the hill State for “insulting” President Pranab Mukherjee by not enforcing the Lokayukta Bill that was approved by him last month. He also demanded action against Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna for allegedly referring to the Bill cleared first by the Assembly and later by the President as “unconstitutional.”

“This is an insult to the President [by not enforcing the Act] as Mr. Mukherjee must have given his assent to the Bill only after consulting constitutional and other experts. Mr. Bahuguna and his government may not like the Bill, but declaring it as unconstitutional is completely absurd… It is an insult to our Constitution. This also shows that the Congress is not serious in fighting corruption,” Mr. Khanduri told The Hindu .

Recalling that the entire Assembly, including the Congress MLAs, had “unanimously” passed the Bill in November 2011 when he was the Chief Minister, Mr. Khanduri said this complete U-turn by the Congress now was “shocking.”

“We pursued the matter with the Centre after the Bill was forwarded by the Uttarakhand Governor. And now when the time has come for the people to get corruption-free administration, the Congress has backed out… This proves that the Congress is abetting corruption in the State,” he charged.

Mr. Khanduri also said that since the Congress came to power in Uttarakhand in 2011, it had been continuously trying to do away with rules and regulations that the BJP government framed to tackle corruption.