“Corruption and price rise are the main issues," Gandhi told mediapersons after a seven-hour-long meeting with the leaders and 11 chief ministers in Delhi.
Gandhi said the Congress is serious about fighting corruption and urged the Opposition to help the government pass the anti-graft bills pending in the Parliament.

"It's about a system. The Congress party is serious about it (fighting corruption). Let us have a session and pass the (pending) bills together," he said.

"But there is silence from the other side," he said referring to the opposition parties, especially the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“We are blocked in parliament again and again,” he added.

Reacting to Gandhi’s comment, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held the Congress MPs responsible for disrupting parliamentary proceedings.
“Rahulji, Congress MPs were bringing no-confidence motion and disrupting the house. Don't blame others for non-cooperation," a BJP spokesperson told reporters.



Gandhi highlighted that the Lokpal Bill, passed by the Parliament recently to deal with corruption in high places, needed to be supported with other laws.
"The Lokpal Bill is one step. If we want to fight corruption, we need a framework not only at the national level but also at the state level," he said.

"All Congress-ruled states will have a new Lokayukta before February 28," Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said.

Gandhi also said the report on Adarsh housing society allotments should be reconsidered by the Maharashtra Cabinet.

"I think Adarsh (report) should be reconsidered," he said.

“As far as corruption is concerned there is no question of protecting any one," Gandhi added.

This was the first major brainstorming session after the party faced a humiliating defeat in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi. It lost to BJP narrowly in Chhattisgarh and won in Mizoram.

(Agencies)

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