Dec 122011

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla on Sunday rubbished all allegations levelled against Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi of influencing the Parliamentary Standing Committee examining the Lokpal Bill, and said that the charges levelled against the two leaders of the ruling party were totally baseless and devoid of any logic.

“As far as the allegations are being made against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, I think these are totally baseless and incorrect. It is a blatant lie to say that Sonia Gandhi encourages corruption and keeps her lips sealed over it. It was Sonia Gandhi who facilitated Indians with Right to Information Act, and she got an agreement on the black money issue with 22 countries,” said Shukla.

“Also, it was Sonia Gandhi and her National Advisory Council that first initiated the need for a Lokpal (Ombudsman). There was no such movement going on before that,” he added.

Veteran social activist Anna Hazare’s key aide Arvind Kejriwal had earlier in the day alleged that Rahul Gandhi influenced the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which examined the Lokpal Bill and submitted a report on it in the Parliament.

“The Standing Committee has recommended that the Lokpal should be granted a constitutional status because Rahul Gandhi wants that the Lokpal should be granted a constitutional status. As result of it, the Prime Minister has been ignored, Parliament has been ignored, and only one person has been followed,” he told the gathering at the Jantar Mantar here.

Kejriwal said Parliamentary Standing Committee chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi failed to include lower bureaucracy within the ambit of Lokpal after the latter was pulled by Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.

Shukla also hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani and said that only chariot processions cant yield anything. He also accused the BJP of doing nothing when in power. (ANI)

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