Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Goel slams Delhi CM for refusing to give commitment to Lokayukta to uphold rule of law

  • Goel slams Delhi CM for refusing to give commitment to Lokayukta to uphold rule of law
  • Congress is striving to weaken institution of Lokayukta: Goel

Delhi BJP President Shri Vijay Goel today slammed the Delhi Chief Minister for weakening the institution of Lokayukta. He said that the Delhi Chief Minister’s decision to not to give any commitment to the Lokayukta on defacing public property and misuse of public spaces betrays Congress’ absence of respect for the institution.

Shri Goel said, “The Chief Minister’s defiance of the Delhi Lokayukta’s directive comes naturally to her as she has deliberately strived over the years to weaken the institution that fights corruption. It is ironical that the CM is not willing to give a commitment to honour the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007 enacted by her own government.”

“It is the duty of the government to uphold the rule of law. How can a chief minister run away from taking responsibility to uphold the rule of law,” asked Shri Goel.

Shri Goel further said, “It seems to be an intrinsic character of the Congress to worke against the institutions that work for probity in public life. Similar thing is happening in Uttarakhand, where the Congress party is opposing the Lokayukta Act passed the previous BJP government. This is an attempt to perpetuate corruption.”

The Delhi Lokayukta had asked the Delhi Chief Minister and Delhi Transport Minister to give a commitment through an affidavit that they would not misuse public spaces and ask the party workers not to deface public property with posters, hoardings and banners. But, the Delhi CM has not given any such commitment. She has refused to take any responsibility in this regard.

The incumbent Lokayukta’s tenure ends today and the new Lokayukta can only be appointed by the new government after the polls. Under such circumstances, the Delhi Chief Minister’s refusal to give any commitment to uphold the rule of law shows the Congress’ arbitrariness in dealing with the anti-corruption watchdog.

The Uttarakhand Lokayukta Act has received Presidential assent, but the ruling Congress party is still opposing the Act. This proves that Congress has no intention to fight corruption anywhere in the country. It would be interesting to mention that the Congress is opposing the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Act on the fictitious grounds of unconstitutionality even though the President of India gave his assent to the Act after due consideration of nearly two years.

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