Nov 302011

Sonia Gandhi in her first public appearance after returning from abroad where she underwent treatment for an undisclosed ailment also hailed the accomplishments of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government in the past seven years.

Speaking at the National Conference of the Elected Office Bearers of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) here, Gandhi said: “Corruption is indeed a plague of public life at practically every level. We are committed to eradicating it. Our actions have more than shown our resolve. The RTI (right to information), which our government brought-in, has placed in the hands of the people, in the hands of you all (the seated audience), a powerful weapon against corruption.”

“Together with an effective Lokpal Bill, the government is working on a variety of legislations, which will systematically fight corruption. I hope that the opposition will support us in passing these important measures,” she added.

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare today threatened to go an indefinite fast in Delhi from December 27 if a strong anti- graft law is not passed in the Winter Session of Parliament.

74-year-old Hazare claimed that the draft report on Lokpal Bill by Parliamentary Standing Committee is a ‘betrayal’, and said that his indefinite fast will begin at New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan from December 27 if a strong anti-graft bill was not passed. (ANI)

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