Congress steers clear of demand for Dalit representation in Lokpal panel
Published: Saturday, Apr 23, 2011, 19:41 IST
Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
Congress today steered clear of the issue of inclusion of a Dalit
representative in the Lokpal drafting committee even as senior party
leader Digvijay Singh said the demand made by Uttar Pradesh chief
minister Mayawati is valid.
"These are matters for the government and the committee to decide and
it is not for the party to comment on it. As of now there is no change
about the committee and therefore there is no scope for any
speculation," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.
He was reacting to questions on Mayawati's demand for inclusion of a
Dalit representative in the Lokpal drafting committee, which was also
backed by AICC general secretary for Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh.
Singh said, "The demand is right. Even as the Joint Committee has
already been formed and has also begun its work, but the demand that
she has made is valid."
Asked how can the committee expediously finalise the draft for the
crucial bill if such demands seeking changes in the constitution of
the committee keep coming up, the senior Congress leader asked "who
has stopped the committee from working?"
"These statements may come but the committee should continue its work.
We are looking forward to the committee completing its job and prepare
a sound draft bill for a strong Lokpal."
To questions on his reported attack on Justice Santosh Hegde, a member
of the joint committee, the AICC general secretary said that he had on
the contrary praised Hegde.
"I have said nothing. I have praised him. Unfortunately he is relying
more on media reports than what I have actually said," Singh added.
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