Hyderabad: “Should we learn to live with the menace of corruption or resolve to bury it once and for all? Every citizen has to grapple with the question at this turning point in India’s history”, said Lok Satta Party Working President D. V. V. S. Varma here today.
Addressing a gathering after unfurling the national flag on the 65th Independence Day at the party headquarters, Mr. Varma said that corruption has become the centerpiece of politics now. The Lok Satta Party believes in fighting corruption from Delhi to the galli. A Lokpal at the national level cannot address corruption at the State, district, municipal, and panchayat levels. The Lokpal Bill should also provide for constitution of strong and independent Lokayuktas in States and ombudsmen in districts.
Mr. Varma took exception to Government and ruling party representatives heaping corruption charges against Gandhian Anna Hazare shortly before he is to go on an indefinite fast. The allegations betray the impatience of the Government with the fighters against corruption, he said.
Leaders of the Lok Satta and its affiliated organizations including Katari Srinivasa Rao, V. Vijayender Reddy, M. Satyanarayana, P. Rohit Kumar, K. Gangadhar Rao, A. Kiran Kumar, D. Ramu, P. V. Rao, G. Mangala and A. Annapurna took part in the function.