Saturday, April 23, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Bhushans should quit Lokpal drafting panel: Mayawati

22 Apr, 2011, 07.44PM IST,PTI
Bhushans should quit Lokpal drafting panel: Mayawati
LUCKNOW: Wading into the raging controversy involving the Lokpal Bill
drafting committee members, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati
today virtually demanded resignation of the Bhushans .

"The committee should distance itself from those whose integrity is
doubted," she said, without naming anyone in the wake of the CD
controversy involving lawyer Shanti Bhushan and property allotments to

Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant are both members of the 10-member committee.

At a press conference, she also demanded inclusion of an "apolitical
scheduled caste member" in the committee.

"Of the 10 members including those of civil society, there is not
member of scheduled caste in the drafting committee. We want the
committee to be re-organised and an apolitical scheduled caste member
included in it," she said.

Alleging that Congress forgot to include an SC member in the committee
"due to its casteist mentality", Mayawati said the party has ignored
the caste on important occasions.

She said Anna Hazare should have discussed before giving names of
drafting committee members.

"How could he forget to include the name of an SC member in the
committee when Maharashtra, the state to which he belongs, has
witnessed a number of social agitations for giving rights to the
community?" she asked.

She also said that Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar also belonged to Hazare's state.

Welcoming Hazare's anti-corruption agitation, she said BSP has been
fighting corruption and criminalisation and was determined to root
them out from the society.

"The evil of corruption and criminalisation has become chronic in the
state due to previous governments. BSP will root them out but it will
take time," she added.

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