New Delhi: The core issues like corruption, black money and Lokpal seem to be out of the agendas of both the ruling and the principal opposition party in the country.

Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are engaged in verbal duel and shying away from taking a stand on the issues plaguing the nation.

While the Congress, instead of clarifying its position on the office of Lokpal, has put the ball in the government’s court by stating that its stand is similar to that of the Central government, the BJP has refused to express its opinion on Lokpal though it has been supporting Anna Hazare’s anti-graft movement.

Both the parties are busy leveling charges and counter charges against each other, many a times getting personal in the process.

Taking a potshot at BJP leader Sushma Swaraj for her dancing act at Rajghat, Congress leader BK Hariprasad on Friday said Sushma was dancing  with ‘ghosts’ at Mahatama’a mausoleum.

Taking offence to his statement, BJP sought apology from the Congress leader. Meanwhile, Congress has also asked BJP president Nitin Gadkari to tender apology for his remarks against party president Sonia Gandhi.

Congress is also cornering the BJP for refusing to express its opinion on the ambit of Lokpal. While the party has defended its stand on Lokpal, it criticized BJP for supporting Hazare on the issue on one hand but refusing to express its own stand.

Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said “The Congress and the government have the same opinion on Lokpal. The representatives of the government on the Lokpal panel are also the members of Congress.”
 
“Now the BJP leaders should express their views on Lokpal. They have been supporting Hazare and Ramdev. They have an opinion on everything, why are they silent on this?” he added.

Meanwhile, BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad has termed the statements of the Congress leaders as a sign of frustration because the Central government is facing criticism over a spate of issues from all quarters.

JPN/Bureau