Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dr. JP decries mudslinging against Lok Pal Committee members

Besmirching the reputation and undermining the credibility of the non-official members of the committee appointed to draft the Lok Pal Bill is totally unwarranted, said Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan here today.

In a media statement, Dr. JP said there could be no two opinions on the need for a robust and independent Ombudsman to eradicate corruption. There can be genuine differences of opinion on specific proposals calling for reasoned debate for resolving them. Mudslinging will merely derail the just and worthy cause for which India against Corruption is fighting.

Dr. JP pointed out that both Shanthi Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, members of the committee, have impeccable credentials and they do not require certificates from anybody. Even in the hypothetical case of some members’ credentials being suspect, the focus should be on what they have to say and not what they are.

Dr. JP recalled that politicians of mainstream political parties have been getting away by accusing each other of being more corrupt and conveniently burying the demand for an impartial investigation. A similar fate should not befall the move to create an independent and powerful Lok Pal, Dr. JP added.

1 comment:

  1. Dr.JP; Your views on the method of fighting corruption are quite apt.

    All Major Political Parties will support the fight and the Lok Pal Bill - if only the Civil activists keep that cordiality with all of them and keep focus on Fighting Corruption.

    If they talk derisively about Mr. Modi, naturally, BJP is bound to distance itself from the committee.

    If any of them talk bad about the Prime Minister, or any prominent congress man, Congress can do the same.

    How will the final draft get passed - if this divisive tendency goes on?

    Let there be clear focus on Lok Pal Bill and nothing else. Thank whoever offers support for it and take their support - irrespective of the likes and dislikes of any members among the activists and any others.

    First, let zero tolerance to corruption be recognized as a national consensus - not just of the civil activists.