BJP asks PM to spell stand on bringing top post under Lokpal

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Jun 14: BJP on Monday, June 13 asked civil society activists not to reply to every charge levelled against them by the Congress saying it was a "trap", even as it asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to clarify whether he wanted the top post to be included under the ambit of the Lokpal.

"We would advise civil society activists not give clarifications to all charges made against them by the Congress. This is a trap. People have faith in you. Go ahead with your work," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

He maintained that Congress leaders, who, he alleged, were neck-deep in corruption, have no moral right to pose these questions to civil society activists.

Hazare and Ramdev, among others, have faced charges of being RSS agents by some Congress leaders. Congress leaders have accused Hazare of causing instability while Ramdev was also called a "thug" by party general secretary Digvijay Singh. Charges of financial irregularities were also levelled against Ramdev.

Incidentally, though BJP had made strong objections to Singh's statement, it used his suggestion yesterday that Prime Minister should be brought under the ambit of the Lokpal to ask Manmohan Singh to clarify his position on the issue.

"It is for the Congress to decide whether a senior leader of the party should be leashed or not. A slugfest is on in the Congress on including the Prime Minister in the ambit of the Lokpal. A senior Congress leader has said Prime Minister should be in the ambit. Prime Minister should issue a clarification on whether he is in agreement," Rudy said.

Hazare has also written a letter to the Prime Minister suggesting that his office should be brought under the ambit of the Lokpal. 


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