Sonia hits out at Team Anna, commits Lokpal
Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday hit out at Team
Anna and said the party and the UPA government were committed to a
strong anti-corruption ombudsman (Lokpal). Team Anna member Arvind
Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has challenged the Bharatiya
Janata Party, (BJP), ruled Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take steps to implement Jan Lokpal Bill
in the state.
He dared Chouhan to enact the said Bill by
presenting it in the state Vidhan Sabha and getting it passed as
BJP is showing too much enthusiasm in supporting the Bill.
Addressing Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, (MPCC),
office-bearers at the party office here on Wednesday evening Sibal
said that though the next Madhya Pradesh Vidhan election is almost
two years away, but if the Bill is passed right now then the
corruption cases against the ministers and officers could be
investigated and truth would come out before the electorate.
Sibal was in Bhopal in connection with the convocation
ceremony of the National Law Institute University, (NLIU), where
he was the chief guest of the function.
Citing reports of Central investigating agencies Sibal alleged
that the state in the last eight years BJP Government in the state
has not shown significant progress in any of the fields.
alleged that the crimes against children, atrocities meted on SCs/STs,
rapes and instances of malnutrition among children are highest in
the state than the rest of the country.
He accused the state
government of not showing concern for people’s welfare and
misusing central funds meant for various welfare schemes.
Sibal said that the Centre is providing 67 per cent grant to
implement the right to education but the state which is supposed
to spend 33 per cent from its share is not spending it. As a
result the state government is lagging in human resources
development, he said.
He charged that the starvation scene in Madhya Pradesh is worse
than that of Ethiopia.
He urged the Congress workers to expose the
failures of the BJP and ensure proper use of funds given to the
state under the Central schemes.