Rudrapur (Uttarakhand), Jan 23 (ANI): Anna Hazare's key aide Arvind Kejriwal has accused the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government of betraying the people of India.
Addressing a poll awareness campaign here on Sunday, Kejriwal lashed out at the Congress party for drafting a weak Lokpal Bill and also for not giving independent status to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
"The Central Government has presented a Bill in Parliament and on the other hand the Uttarakhand Government has also drafted the Lokayukta Bill in the state. We have come here to explain to the people what the Central Government bill says and what the Lokayukta bill Uttarakhand says. The Lokayukta bill of Uttarakhand is very strong and the bill of the central government is a big fraud on the people of India," Kejriwal added.
He also took the opportunity to urge people in the poll bound state to make good use of their franchise and demand that their political leaders to support the Lokpal Bill.
He further asserted that Hazare and his team are not supporting any political outfit, and appealed to the political leadership to work collectively to bring an effective mechanism, which would help root out rampant corruption in the society.
"Every party has indulged in corruption; whichever party got a chance it did that. At the centre, the UPA Government is involved in lot of corruption cases and here there are a lot of corruption cases against Bharatiya Janata Party but they are into a blame game that the other party has done more corruption. But people will get relief once they get a strong and effective Ombudsman bill and culprits would start getting imprisoned and their money would be confiscated," added Kejriwal.
Political mercury is at a high in the poll-bound Uttarakhand, where the main fight is between the current incumbent BJP and the Congress.
Polling for the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly would be held on January 30.
The ensuing polls are being viewed as an opportunity for major parties to re-establish or strengthen their foothold in the country's five major states. (ANI)
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