Shimla: A suspended BJP MP on Thursday went on a day-long hunger strike at the historic Ridge Ground here, protesting against the Lokayukta Bill introduced in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly.

Calling the Bill, presented in the Assembly yesterday, "weak", Lok Sabha MP from Kangra Rajan Sushant said, "The Bill is very weak with no clear powers to Lokayukta to investigate the cases of corruption and prosecute the guilty...Most of the powers still remain with the government."

"We out rightly dismiss the Bill and if it is passed in the present form in the Assembly tomorrow, a state-wide agitation would be launched," said Sushant, who was joined by his son Dherya Sushant, President of youth wing of Himachal Lokhit Party and some other leaders of HLP.

Sushant, who was suspended from the primary membership of the BJP last month for his anti-party activities, said that his protest was not against any party but in favour of a strong Lokayukta to effectively check corruption by public servants and all those who share the same views are welcome to join the agitation.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had on Wednesday introduced the Bill in the Assembly, providing for an anti-corruption ombudsman and bringing in its purview the Chief Minister and other public servants.

As per the Bill, the Lokayukta would be a retired Supreme Court Judge or Chief justice of a High Court. A provision for appointment of two Uplokyukts has also been made.

The Lokayukt Bill also seeks to repeal the existing Lokayukt Act of 1983.