Centre adopted double standard over Lokpal Bill: Naidu

Bangalore: Senior BJP leader Venkiah Naidu on Thursday charged the UPA government of adopting "double standard" over the Jan Lokpal Bill and said the party would meet in Delhi tomorrow to decide its stand on the Bill ahead of an all party meeting called by the Centre on July three.

"The UPA government adopted double standard on the bill. It did not consult the opposition so far", he alleged while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Naidu urged the Centre to provide his party the agenda for the all party meeting.

When asked about former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Devegowda`s demand for CBI probe into allegations of illegal wealth amassed by his family and Chief Minister B S Yeddyarappa and some ministers who have been facing allegations of corruption, Naidu hit back saying, "let JD(S) first respond to the `charge sheet` published by BJP".

The state unit of BJP had on Jun 28 released what it called the "charge-sheet" against the opposition party, alleging that the estimated worth of the known assets of Gowda`s family alone was over Rs 1,500 crore.

Naidu said the opposition has been making "baseless" allegations against Yeddyurappa and asked them to await the court verdict on cases filed against the Chief Minister.

Yeddyurappa, who also present, refused to react to Gowda`s demand for a CBI probe into allegations of illegal
amassment of wealth.