PM under Lokpal: Congress supports BJP's apathy

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Kapil Sibal
New Delhi, Jul 4: The leaders of main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are yet to present their views or stand on the row over the inclusion of the Prime Minister under Lokpal's ambit. Surprisingly, when the party has been targeted over its apathy towards the issue, support came from its ardent political enemy party - Congress.

During a press conference, UPA government representatives telecom minister Kapil Sibal and home minister P Chidambaram said, "BJP needs some more time on Lokpal bill and we support that."

The statement indeed surprised many though criticism still has been diverted towards the opposition party and to the ruling government.

The Gandhian crusader Anna Hazare earlier had met NDA senior leadrers - LK Advani, Murlimanohar Joshi and Rajnath Singh. BJP spokesperson claimed that the party wants a strong Lokpal to diminish corruption from its roots. Though, it has not clarified its stand on PM's inclusion under Lokpal.

Even after the all party meeting on Jul 3 over Lokapl bill, BJP spokesperson Sushma Swaraj briefed the press about the party's stand on Lokpal, but was numb when she was asked about their stand on PM under Lokpal.

BJP's uncleared stand on the Lokpal issue made people wondering - is it because one day BJP will come in power replacing the UPA government and they don't want to be held accountable by Lokpal bill?

BJP should have taken a stand, one way or the other. But if they are afraid to take a stand, how can the citizens feel confident about voting for them? It seems that BJP along with UPA have come into the threshold to take a strong stand on Lokpal row.

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