Hyderabad: The social activist, Mr Anna Hazare’s associate, Mr Arvind Kejriwal, on Saturday met the TDP chief, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, and sought his support to the Jan Lokpal bill drafted by the civil society.
Mr Kejriwal briefed Mr Naidu on the discussions the civil society representatives had with the government so far and their objections to the government’s draft bill. The TDP Chief assured him that he would discuss the issue in the party and then take a stand.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kejriwal contended the opinion of the government that a strong Lokpal with the Prime Minister within its ambit, would create a parallel government. The Lokpal would be an independent agency like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In other countries, the anti-corruption body is independent of the executive, he pointed out.
“Though our anti-corruption movement was above politics, we are seeking support of all political parties as the Lokpal Bill needs to be passed in Parliament”, he added.
The TDP MP, Mr Nama Nageswara Rao, said that Mr Chandrababu Naidu had agreed with the need for a comprehensive Lokpal Bill and an independent agency to deal firmly with corruption. The TDP would present its views at an all-party meeting convened by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and take a clear stand in Parliament.