Srinagar: Sharpening its attack on the Central government, the BJP on Sunday alleged that it is now suppressing the people who are raising their voice against corruption.

Spokesman of the BJP and MP Prakash Javadekar said, “The Central government particularly the Congress is playing with fire. Today, people across the country have stood against graft and sleaze, but the government is shying away from taking any step against corruption.”

Javadekar who was on a two-day visit to the state lamented that the Congress had failed to take lessons from its past experiences and was continuously committing the same mistakes.

Speaking on the Lokpal Bill and the Civil Society, Javadekar said, “The way the Centre is terming Anna Hazare-led Lokpal committee as a baseless thing and taking tough stand against Baba Ramdev, it is clear that the government is trying to suppress the voice against corruption.”

Cautioning the Congress party, he said the BJP would launch attack at the Centre inside and outside the Parliament. Speaking on the Digvijay Singh’s remark regarding Baba Ramdev, Javedkar said, “Till yesterday, Congress was the devotee of Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev and all of a sudden they have turned hostile against them. If Congress wants to initiate probes, it should start investigation of its own trusts first.”

Taking a dig at former Union Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar for terming the Lokpal Bill as baseless and saying that drafting bill is the prerogative of Parliament, Javedkar said that the Congress has history of violating the sanctity of Parliament.

Referring to the Posco agitation in Orissa he said, “The mass movement is very relevant as we want the problems of the people should be addressed first.” The existing laws of the land acquisition need amendment, he added.

(JPN/ Bureau)