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BJP dashes Rahul hopes, won’t back anti-graft bills

Singh said the BJP would rather focus on bringing its own anti-corruption plan once it comes to power than let the Congress drive the agenda just before the elections. Rajnath Singh said the BJP would rather focus on bringing its own anti-corruption plan once it comes to power than let the Congress drive the agenda just before the elections.
Written by Pranab Dhal Samanta | New Delhi | Posted: February 12, 2014 4:03 am | Updated: February 12, 2014 9:17 am

Pouring cold water on the hopes of the Congress to get a clutch of anti-graft Bills backed by Rahul Gandhi passed in Parliament, BJP president Rajnath Singh Tuesday said the fate of these legislations must be left for the next government to decide. 

“This government does not have the moral right or intention to bring any Bill against corruption. All we can do now is support the vote on account and related expenditure. I would like to advise that these Bills should now be left for the next government,” Singh told The Indian Express.

Singh said the BJP would rather focus on bringing its own anti-corruption plan once it comes to power than let the Congress drive the agenda just before the elections.

“Why bring these Bills now? All this is just to divert attention from the various scams of this government. We will come to power soon and right at the start, come up with our own fool-proof mechanism to tackle corruption,” Singh said.

The BJP seems to have hardened its position since its leader Sushma Swaraj had tweeted her support to the Bills before the ongoing Parliament session.

BJP spokespersons subsequently took the line that they would not like these Bills to be passed in the din.

Singh was, however, more positive about cooperation on the Telangana Bill, saying his party was always in favour of dividing the state but was unhappy with the way in which the government had handled the issue.

“We also created new states, but the outcomes were acceptable to both sides. Look how it’s being handled here. Still, we are in support of the bifurcation as long as justice is done to both Telangana and Seemandhra. We will first study what the government lays on the table,” he said.

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