Accusing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of betraying anti-corruption movement by bringing in a “weak” Lokayukta bill “which is unlikely to be approved”, leaders of Swaraj Abhiyan today announced plans to “re-ignite” the campaign and hoped they will get support from Anna Hazare.
Addressing the two-day ‘National Convention on Corruption’ here, the leaders, who had rebelled against Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly “patenting ways” to weaken anti-corruption laws and institutions.
They said RTI activists and whistle blowers will join the “apolitical” campaign for which a “Citizens’ Whistle Blower Forum” (CWBF) will be formed.
“We had hoped the agitation (launched by activist Anna Hazare) for Lokpal would broaden. After that a political party (AAP) was formed. Arvind Kejriwal became supremo of the party.
The party moved out of its first government saying it was not being allowed to bring in Lokayukta.
“And eventually, when it did pass a Lokayukta bill (during its present tenure), they drafted such a weak bill…
they inserted a clause which will ensure it doesn’t become law. He (Kejriwal) betrayed the entire movement,” Abhiyan leader Prashant Bhushan said.
Hitting out at the AAP Government over the bill, Bhushan said it lacks transparency and noted its clause that Lokayukta will have powers to also investigate corruption matters relating Union Ministers is “unlikely” to be accepted by Centre.