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Assam CM Gogoi slams Hazare

December 13, 2011 - Guwahati

Slamming social activist Anna Hazare for diverting his aims towards attacking Congress leaders, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has accused him of standing in opposition against the Central Government rather than fighting for an effective Lokpal Bill.

"This is not the only anti-corruption. The main purpose is to oust the Congress government, UPA 2 government. That is why Anna Hazare is attacking Sonia Gandhi, attacking Prime Minister, attacking Rahul Gandhi. What is this?" Gogoi told the media here.

Gogoi also said that the statements made by Hazare on Congress Party compiling the report on the Ombudsman Bill was incorrect as the parliamentary panel set up to review it also consisted of Opposition parties.

"It was the recommendation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee. It consists of all the members belonging to all. It can be discussed, it is not a government draft bill, finally the government has to take a decision. But, as it is today, it is a bill," added Gogoi.

Gogoi also said that his government intends to bring in Ombudsman Bill in the state on its own by next year.

"Assam will also bring in the Lokpal within three months say by March we will have an effective our own bill also, at least by next session," asserted Gogoi.

On Sunday, Hazare observed a daylong protest fast in New Delhi to pressurise the government for passing a strong Lokpal Bill in the ongoing Winter Session of the Parliament.

The 74-year-old social activist has also warned the government that he would sit on an indefinite fast from December 27 at the Ramlila Maidan here if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.

The Lokpal Bill is seen as a weapon to root out corruption and nepotism from the government machinery and in public life.

The proposed Bill envisages the setting up of a national anti-corruption watchdog to check financial mismanagement and corrupt practices that have deeply pervaded several democratic and civic institutions of India.


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