Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), BBD Bagh branch, has written a letter to anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare appealing him to check the “fact sheets” of West Bengal before joining hands with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
In a five-page letter, undersigned by Ranjit Sur, secretary , APDR, appointment of Lokayukta amongst other issues has been raised.
“Thirty-two months have elapsed since Mamata Banerjee assumed the post of Chief Minister with a huge majority. Yet, she has taken no steps to appoint a Lokayukta in the state. One-and-a-half months have passed since the new Lokpal and Lokayukta Act were passed in Parliament. Mamata and her government is silent on the issue. She has announced no plans to appoint a Lokayukta or amend the existing State Lokayukta Act or make a new Lokayukta law. Please advise her to announce a clear stand over the appointment of Lokayukta supported by a strong Lokayukta Act. We want to hear it from you, too, before you finalise your treaty with her in regard to your campaign for her as a prime ministerial candidate, or for her party in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections,” read the letter.
The letter also drew Anna’s attention to the condition of West Bengal Human Rights Commission. “After the controversial departure of Justice (Rtd) Ashoke Ganguly, the WBHRC is defunct. Breaking all norms and convention, the state government appointed an ex-IPS officer as acting chairman of WBHRC. Moreover, the state government is not filling any judicial posts in the commission and thus the WBHRC is now a single member commission with no judicial power,” added Sur in the letter.
It also informed Anna that State Information Commission (SIC) is almost a non-functioning organisation. “No government department here bothers to reply RTI applications on time, if replies at all,” reads the letter.
Anna and Mamata met late Tuesday at the Trinamool Congress’s party office in Delhi.