New Delhi: Launching an attack on social activist Anna Hazare and his team, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh challenged them to contest elections.

Pointing towards the role of Rashtriya Swaymsevak Sangh (RSS) behind the fast held at Jantar Mantar, he also questioned the reliability of the organisers.

When asked about the arrangement and the expenditure at Jantar Mantar and its connection with the Sangh, he however said, “I do not know whether Sangh is behind this or not.”

Advocating that corporate sectors and NGOs should also be covered under the ambit of anti-corruption law, Digvijay said the RTI and other steps are more comprehensive to check corruption in comparison to Lokpal Bill.

He also lashed out at Anna for his appreciation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Citing that Chief Minister Narendra Modi has not appointed a Lokpal for the past seven years, Digvijay said, Anna should explain the role of an Ombudsman to Modi as people in Gujarat do not know where to make complaints against corruption.

He said the five-point agenda suggested by Sonia Gandhi would contribute in eradicating corruption, but agreed that the Ombudsmen Bill will expedite the process.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Veerappa Moily, who is the convener of a 10-member joint committee formed to prepare a draft on Lokpal Bill, said the government is eager to pass the bill soon after the draft is ready by June 30.

He added that the bill would be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament which is likely to begin in the first week of July.

JPN/Bureau