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'Cong not mentally prepared to fight corruption'

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Updated: April 23, 2011, 7:04 PM IST
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'Cong not mentally prepared to fight corruption'
BJP leader Rajnath Singh said he would lend unconditional support to the Lokpal bill.

Patna: Alleging that the Congress was not "mentally prepared" to fight corruption, senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh on Saturday said he would lend "unconditional support" to the Lokpal bill being framed on the basis of consensus.

"Congress is not mentally prepared on the contentious issue of fighting corruption... it is evident from the statement of a general secretary of the party who has raked up the controversy over corruption charges against some of the civil society members in the joint drafting committee for Lokpal," Singh told a press conference.

Stating that corruption was the "biggest" issue the country was witnessing this time, he said his "party would lend support unconditionally to the Lokpal bill framed on the basis of consensus."

In reply to a question, Singh said the BJP had consensus over the issue of corruption and firm in its resolve to fight it tooth and nail.

"But, unfortunately, the Congress doesn't have consensus evident from its President saying something on the issue of corruption, while her general secretary is (saying) something else," he said.

"The allegations by the Congress general secretary involving the civil society members are unfortunate... we think that sinister attempts are being made by certain quarters to puncture the campaign against corruption," Singh said.

"Let the Lokpal bill be framed and implemented first instead of involving in charges and counter-allegations," he said adding that the issue of corruption must be left to the court to decide.

"Who is corrupt and wrong... it is a matter to be decided by a court of law," he said.

"We want a system be developed first and implemented to minimise corruption," the former BJP president said.

Singh said it was unfortunate that the UPA which is in power for the last six years had failed to do anything to check corruption.

First Published: April 23, 2011, 7:04 PM IST
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