After speaking his independent mind supporting inclusion of Prime Minister under the ambit of the proposed Lokpal bill, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday retracted by saying that he will go with the view of the party and the joint drafting committee (JDC) on the issue.
Talking to reporters here, Mr Singh said, “My stand is the same as that of the party. Let the Lokpal drafting committee decide. I will go with that decision and the decision of the party.”
On Sunday, while talking to reporters at Guna in Madhya Pradesh, Mr Singh had argued that the Prime Minister, judiciary, NGOs and industrial houses should also be brought under the ambit of the Lokpal. He, however, at the same time had said, there should be a system to ensure that Lokpal does not misuse its power.
While the civil society members of the joint drafting committee have demanded inclusion of the Prime Minister under the scrutiny of the proposed anti-corruption watchdog, the ministerial members of the committee have expressed their reservations over such a proposal.
The government view is that such a provision will lead to undermining the office of the Prime Minister with the possibility of frivolous allegations being made against the incumbent. Asian Age