“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. (Agencies)
“Today in Parliament six anti-graft bills are pending, which are of help to you. The bills that give power to you," he added as he attacked the BJP which has made corruption its main weapon of attack against the UPA government.
"They (BJP) only talk, we bring progress," Gandhi said.
He also told the gathering that it was the Congress, which gave power to the people through legislations like RTI.
“Who brought RTI? Who gave power in 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 Opposition parties to support the passage of six bills in the ongoing Parliament session.
"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 the street vendors. Everybody should join hands to pass these bills," Gandhi had earlier said.
The draft of six legislations on which the Congress vice-president has been laying thrust 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 Organizations Bill, 2011, the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and the Public Procurement Bill, 2012.
In his brief speech, Gandhi also said, “We will pass Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament. We will give more power to women in politics. We will try and give more and more women MPs and MLAs.”
Noting that Congress was ruling in Karnataka, he said, the party would give respect and empower weaker sections of the society, women and the poor.
"We will empower you. We will try and give you as much strength as possible. In the coming days, when Congress will form the government in Delhi in 2014, we will deeply work for the poor; work for the youth,” Gandhi said.
“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.