BSP won't support Lokpal bill if CBI is kept out, says Mayawati
TNN | Dec 23, 2011, 03.41AM IST
LUCKNOW: Chief minister Mayawati on Thursday said that her party would
not support the Lokpal bill if the Central Bureau of Investigation was
not brought under its purview. The BSP chief also blamed the Centre of
not paying any heed to her suggestions on the issue.
In an official statement, Mayawati pointed out that none of the BSP
MPs were given a copy of the bill before it was tabled in Parliament
-- a practice that has been going on for decades. "It appears from
media reports that the Centre has not paid heed to the suggestions put
forward earlier for a strong and effective Lokpal bill in which there
was a special thrust on bringing the CBI within its ambit," she said.
"In case CBI is not included in the Lokpal bill, BSP would not support
it," she said, adding that her party had made the demand for its
inclusion, as it had been seen time and again that the Centre was
misusing the premier investigating agency for its political gains and
BSP and its government had been a victim of this.
The BSP chief also said that her party had been pushing for bringing
the prime minister, and group C and D employees under the Lokpal's
purview. Besides this, the party had also demanded proper
representation to members of SC/STs and OBCs, who had been victims of
casteist mentality for a long time. Even the panel which drafted the
bill should have representatives from all religions, castes, tribes
and other sections of the society, she demanded.
Maya cries foul over food security bill: Stating that the food
security bill is only a political stunt of the Congress before the
2012 assembly elections, Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Bahujan
Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Thursday alleged that the bill
introduced in the Parliament was without proper provisions of funds
and food grains.
She said since the UPA government has not updated the below poverty
line (BPL) count recently, a big chunk of the deserving populace would
be out of the food security bill, and the bill will put extra fiscal
pressure on non-Congress-ruled state governments. She said tabling the
bill without going into its important details like funding and
availability of foodgrains establishes that main purpose behind the
bill was to extract political mileage for UP poll.
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