Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lok Satta campaign for changes In anti-corruption law

The Lok Satta Party is a launching a five-day campaign to persuade the Government to adopt an amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act in the budget session of the Assembly beginning July 24.

It may be recalled that Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan had presented a draft copy of the amendment Bill to the Chief Minister, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Chairman of the Legislative Council and leaders of all legislature parties. The Bill aims at bringing all elected people including MLAs and MLCs under the purview of the anti-corruption law and plugging all loopholes in it which enable the guilty to go unscathed.

As part of the campaign, people will be persuaded to write post cards to the Chief Minister seeking a change in the anti-corruption law.

This was stated by party spokesmen Katari Srinivasa Rao and V. Laxman Balaji and Greater Hyderabad Lok Satta President N. Ravinder at a media conference.

The party leaders said it was but natural that some parties which viewed the Lok Satta as the party of the future and felt threatened by its growth launched a malicious campaign against it, especially on the eve of the GHMC elections. The party was formed to transform politics in the country and never had it claimed it could be run without money. Honest politics, however, needed honest money. The party had spent a little over Rs.3 crore during the 2009 elections compared to the hundreds of crores of rupees spent by the traditional parties. It accounted for every rupee it raised and spent.

The party spokesmen dismissed the allegations made by certain district leaders as baseless. Some leaders who faced the axe following serious allegations against them chose to spread lies against the Lok Satta.

They pointed out that a committee constituted by the party chose candidates to contest the 2009 elections from out of the many aspirants.

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