In a reference to Rahul Gandhi, who held a press conference in the national capital on Saturday and appealed all the political parties to shed their differences over the Bill, Modi said why the Congress leader was being so vocal about the issue when his party was silent in Uttarakhand.

“A Congress leader was yesterday talking about Lokpal at a press conference. My question is how can the leader of a party which has shied away from the creation of the anti-corruption watchdog so far be so vocal on the issue,” he said, while addressing his maiden rally at the parade ground here.

"I want to ask him if his heart really aches for Lokpal why hasn't his party allowed the implementation of the Lokyukta Act in Uttarakhand passed by the state Assembly during BJP chief minister Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri's tenure?” he said.

Drafted at a time when veteran social activist Anna Hazare's agitation for a Lokpal Bill was at its peak, Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill was passed unanimously by the state Assembly on November 1, 2011 after Khanduri took over the reins for a second term in September, 2011.

Uttarakhand Lokayukta Act brings under its ambit the chief minister, ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats among others.

Taking on the Congress, Modi said be it the government in Delhi or Dehradun they are "detached" from the people with absolutely no concern for them.

(Agencies)

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