Gwalior: Describing Congress-led UPA’s version of the Lokpal Bill as ‘weak’, BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar on Monday said the anti-graft law will affect the Centre-state relation.

Saying that the BJP will seek amendment in the bill, he expressed confidence that anti-Congress political outfits will support the demand.

He was speaking to media on sideline of the party’s state unit working committee meeting in Gwalior.

He said, “BJP has supported for an independent, strong and effective Lokpal and states like Uttarakhand and Bihar have already done this. According to the Congress’ Lokpal, the states will lose the right to appoint Lokayukta as this will affect the federal structure and the BJP will not tolerate it at any cost.”

The Congress should bring the same Lokpal Bill on which the Parliament has agreed. It was similar to the Team Anna's version, he added.

He also accused Congress Ministers Kamal Nath, Jyotiraditya Scindia and former Chief Minister of MP Digvijay Singh as factors obstructing the development of Madhya Pradesh.

Meanwhile, reacting on upcoming assembly elections in five states, Kumar said, “BJP will come to power on its own in Uttar Pradesh and in Uttarakhand but in Punjab its allies will win. In Goa too, the BJP will perform well.”

He added, “BJP will come with thumping majority in Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka and once again history will be repeated in Rajasthan.”

(JPN/Bureau)