Archive for December, 2011

December 11, 2011

Team Anna should be flexible, says Left

New Delhi: Hitting out at the Standing Committee and the government, Left leaders on Sunday rejected the panel’s Lokpal draft submitted before Parliament.

Taking part in the ‘Lokpal debate’ being held here at Jantar Mantar, where Anna Hazare is observing a day-long fast, general secretary of the Communist Party of India, AB Bardhan thanked Team Anna and the common public for “allowing” political leaders for discussion on a public platform.

Addressing the huge gathering Bardhan urged Team Anna to be flexible, saying all the points of Jan Lokpla Bill cannot be accepted.

Divulging his party’s stand, Bardhan said Group A, B, C and D employees should come under Lokpal. Interestingly, the Parliamentary Standing Committee’s Lokpal draft excludes Group C and D staff and recommends they be covered under the Chief Vigilance Commissioner.

Along with Bardhan, Communist Party of India (Marxist) member Brinda Karat said that their parties want inclusion of the Prime Minister under Lokpal.

Both the Left leaders disagreed with Team Anna’s point of view of bringing judiciary under Lokpal, saying that a judicial commission and a strong Judicial Accountability Bill should be made. Justifying his party’s stand Bardhan said that judiciary has always been an independent institution and its independence should be maintained.

Taking on the corporate sector, Karat said that there is a nexus between the government and corporates. Liberal policies have been introduced to favour corporates which is further increasing corruption, she said demanding corporates should be brought under Lokpal.

The CPI(M) leader also said that a separate grievance redressal bill should be brought in, but agreed with Team Anna’s demand for inclusion of citizen’s charter under Lokpal.

Karat said that her party has rejected Parliamentary panel’s draft and party MPs have submitted their dissent notes.

She expressed disappointment over other political parties of not favouring vote, speech and conduct of MPs in the House to come under Lokpal, adding that her party is the only one which wants Parliament’s members be included under the ombudsman bill.

On the issue of bringing CBI under the purview of Lokpal, Karat said that the country’s premier investigating agency’s corruption wing should be brought under the ombudsman.

December 11, 2011

Join my fight for Lokpal: Anna to political parties

New Delhi: Thanking the political leaders for coming and taking part in the debate on Lokpal at Jantar Mantar here, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Sunday requested the political parties to join him on the streets in his campaign for a strong Lokpal Bill.

The Gandhian, who is on a day-long token fast, told the supporters that all politicians are not corrupt and there are good people in politics as well. However, he added that criminalisation of politics is a concern.

The noted social activist said that the entire nation is watching, adding he will again court arrest and appeal for ‘jail bharo aandolan’ if a strong Lokpal Bill is not passed in the Winter Session.

“Not a single jail should be left empty,” he said, to a thunderous applause from his supporters.

“The government should listen to the voice of the people. Agitation will continue for a strong Lokpal,” Hazare added.

He told the politicians – including Arun Jaitley of the BJP, Brinda Karat of the CPI(M) and AB Bardhan of the CPI — to fight for a strong Lokpal inside the Parliament and force the government to pass an effective law.

“You fight inside Parliament, we will fight outside. If the government disagrees you should join us in street protests,” he said.

The politicians earlier backed Hazare on having a strong ombudsman with the Prime Minister under its ambit but cautioned him not to be rigid on his version of the bill.

Source: Zeenews

December 3, 2011

To inform Parliament which states backed FDI in retail:Sharma

New Delhi: Accusing BJP of U-turn over its stand on FDI in retail, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said on Saturday the government will place before Parliament records showing which of the states have supported opening of the sector to foreign investment.

“Let Parliament start the debate. When MPs ask this question we will set the record straight… BJP has made a 360 degree turn on this particular issue,” he told reporters after meeting a farmers’ delegation from Haryana.

Sharma said, “We have letters (from states). There are letters which the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has; there are letters which the Standing Committee of Parliament has. Parliament will get to know and whatever documents we have… we will place it before MPs.”

BJP Vice-President Shanta Kumar has since rebutted the charges that Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh were in favour of foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, which is dominated by small kirana shops.

“Yesterday, an attempt was made to spread the wrong impression that Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh gave their support to FDI in multi-brand retail. I have talked to the Chief Ministers of both the states and they said this is not true,” Kumar said yesterday.

Sharma said while the Centre respects the right of the states which do not want the FDI in retail, but those “states who do not want it, cannot deprive those states who want it”.

He said it was “unprecedented” that executive decisions are being questioned. “We are a Constitutional democracy and this should not have happened… We have done it after consultations… trying to generate an understanding a consensus,” he said.

The minister said farmers have welcomed it and they want the government to stand firm, “because they feel it is in their interest”. He said they also raised problems relating to high-cost of diesel and fertiliser and the Prime Minister would be apprised of these issues.

December 3, 2011

Six months on, 12 chargesheeted for Dey’s murder

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Saturday filed a chargesheet against 12 accused in the murder case of journalist Jyotirmoy Dey. The name of woman journalist Jigna Vora, the latest arrest in the six-month-old case, does not figure in the chargesheet.

The chargesheet, filed in the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court, runs into 3,055 pages and has described in detail the role of 10 men involved in Dey’s murder.

Underworld don Chhota Rajan, who lives abroad in self exile, has also been named in the chargesheet. However, police have mentioned that Rajan and another accused, Nayan Singh, are “absconding”.

Police sources say that journalist Vora’s name and role will be described in detail later in a supplementary chargesheet.

On Friday, a man approached a Mumbai special court here, saying he wanted to surrender SIM cards and mobile phones given to him by Vora — the latest accused in the case.

A deputy bureau chief with a Mumbai daily, Vora was held on November 25 in connection with the June 11 killing of Dey, the editor (Special Investigations) at Mid-Day.

He was shot dead near his home in Powai in Central Mumbai while he was riding home on his motorcycle.

source: zeenews.india.com