Prime Minister should not be brought under ambit of Lokpal: Narayanaswamy

Updated - August 18, 2016 12:28 pm IST

Published - June 11, 2011 01:40 pm IST - New Delhi

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with inister of State in the PMO V. Narayanasamy. File Photo

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with inister of State in the PMO V. Narayanasamy. File Photo

Amid differences between Anna Hazare’s team and government on the Lokpal bill, Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy says the post of Prime Minister should not come under the purview of the proposed Bill as the dignity of the high office would be affected.

In an interview to Doordarshan News, Mr. Narayanasamy said that his personal view was that the post of Prime Minister should not be brought within the ambit of the Lokpal.

“This would affect the working and stability of the government. If someone files a false complaint against the Prime Minister, then there will be negative publicity and the dignity of the post of the Prime Minister will be affected,” he said.

The political class is not willing to accept the civil society’s recommendation to include Prime Minister, judiciary and civil servants under the proposed bill.

Replying to a question on the fast undertaken by Baba Ramdev on the issue of corruption and black money, Mr. Narayanasamy said the government had already replied to all the demands of the yoga guru.

The Minister also dismissed as “absolutely not true” Anna Hazare’s comparison of what happened in Ramlila Grounds to Jalianwala Bagh massacre.

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