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Uma Bharti critical of Rahul Gandhi for blaming BJP over Lokpal logjam

December 31, 2011 - Jhansi

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti has criticized Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for blaming BJP for the non-passage of the Lokpal Bill in Parliament.

Bharti said Gandhi must explain the reasons for corruption in the Commonwealth Games, 2G Spectrum Scam and price rise.

"Rahul Gandhi must explain the reason for corruption in the Commonwealth Games, 2G Spectrum Scam and price rise. A culprit can't point finger at others. Neither Rahul Gandhi is an angel or his party a squeaky-clean. This government is neck deep in corruption. First he should answer on corruption and price before pointing fingers at others," she said.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier blamed the BJP for 'intentionally blocking' the passage of a strong and effective Lokpal Bill in the Parliament

"Those people who talked about "India Shining" disrupted a strong Lokpal Bill to be passed in the Parliament. While addressing the Parliament I had stated that the most efficient Lokpal Bill would be a Constitutional Lokpal, similar to the election commission, cent percent independent," said Gandhi, while addressing his supporters in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur District on Friday.

The Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday was taken up for a discussion and vote in Rajya Sabha. But after a marathon debate that stretched until midnight, the vote failed to take place.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die late night amid uproar created by several MPs, without voting on the bill.

The anti-graft legislation for which social activist Anna Hazare and his team have fomented a successful mass movement may now be taken up in the budget session of Parliament, probably in March.


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