Lokpal not enough to check corruption: Left

New Delhi, Sep 2: Asserting that enactment of the Lokpal Bill is not enought to check graft, Left leaders today said the country needs laws for poll and land reforms and tackling corruption by corporates.

Addressing a protest rally here, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat accused the UPA government of being the "most corrupt" in independent India with "a scam is being unearthed every single day" and found fault with the economic policies pursued by it.

He said that the country needs legislations to tackle corruption in judiciary and on land and electoral reforms.

"We need a strong Lokpal. But one single Lokpal will not help us in the fight against corruption," he told protesters, a view echoed by CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, CPI leaders A B Bardhan and D Raja and Forward Bloc's Debabrata Biswas.

Karat said the government bill does not have provision for bringing the corrupt practices of corporates under the ambit of Lokpal or bringing the whole bureaucracy under the ombudsman.

"Thousands of acres of land are being acquired by government. Lokpal alone is not helpful in tackling the issue of land acquisition. For that what we need is a strong (land acquisition) law," he said.

He said right to recall is not the main issue on electoral reforms but how to tackle the influence of money in election process. "It is not the right to recall but first, it should be ending corrupt practices in elections that should be our aim," he said.


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