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BJP blocking passage of 6 anti-graft bills: Rahul Gandhi
BELGAUM: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today accused the BJP of blocking passage of six anti-graft bills in Parliament, which form part of the Government’s anti-corruption framework. “Who is standing against those bills? We want to pass them. We are being stopped in Parliament. Who is stopping it? BJP is stopping it. They don’t allow functioning of Parliament,” Gandhi, who has been making a strong pitch for the six legislations, said at a public rally here. “Today in Parliament six anti-graft bills are pending. The bills which are of help to you. The bills that give power to you,” the Congress Vice-President said as he attacked the BJP, which has made corruption its main weapon of attack against the UPA Government. Gandhi said, “They (BJP) only talk, we bring progress.” He also told the gathering that it was the Congress which gave power to the people through legislations such as the RTI. “Who brought RTI? Who gave power to your hands? Congress party did it. Whatever was happening behind closed doors is getting known to you because of RTI. Who brought the Lokpal Bill? BJP did not bring it. Congress brought it,” he said. Pushing for creation of a framework to fight corruption, Gandhi had recently appealed to the Opposition parties to support the passage of six bills in the ongoing Parliament session, whose functioning has gone haywire on Telangana and other issues. “My request is also to the Opposition parties that they should not stop such bills — the bills related to (fighting) corruption and the bill related to the rights of street vendors. Everybody should join hands to pass these bills,” he had said recently. The six draft legislations that Gandhi was referring to are the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010, the Whistle Blowers’ Protection Bill, 2011, the Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011, the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, 2011, the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and the Public Procurement Bill, 2012.
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