Rahul slams BJP over Lokpal Bill

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed the Bhartiya Janta Party for ‘defeating’ the ‘strong’ Lokpal Bill drafted by the UPA government in the Parliament by denying it a constitutional status and said the government would under no circumstances abandon the Bill.

“Those who talk of corruption, got the strong Lokpal Bill defeated in the Parliament by not allowing it a constitutional status,” Rahul said while addressing an election meeting at Deoband in Saharanpur district, about 500 kilometers from here.

“The BJP says it did so as it was Rahul Gandhi’s dream... It’s not Rahul’s dream alone, it is the dream of the youth of the coutnry and we are committed to fulfill the dream,” he said.
The Congress leader said the BJP had also opposed the Panchayati Raj Bill during his father Rajiv Gandhi’s regime saying the panchayats must not be given any power. “Has the panchayati raj system not benefitted you all,” Rahul questioned the crowd.

He also attacked Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for opposing ‘English’ and ‘computers’, saying “It’s alright with Mulayam when his son Akhilesh speaks English and operates computers but he does not want the poor to learn English and computers.”

Rahul iterated his charge that the Uttar Pradesh ministers were neck deep in corruption and referred to the irregularities in the Mahatma Gandhi  National Rural  Employment Guarantee Scheme and National Rural Health Mission as he exhorted the people to  bring the Congress back to power in the state for its all round development.

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