PM, judiciary should be brought under Lokpals ambit
Guna (MP): Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has favoured bringing the Prime Minister and the higher judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal.
“My view is that the Prime Minister, Judiciary, NGOs and industrial houses should also be brought under the ambit of Lokpal. But there should be a system to ensure that the Lokpal does not misuse its power,” Mr. Singh told reporters at his hometown Raghogarh on Saturday.
“When I was the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, I had brought the CM’s post under the purview of Lokayukta (Ombudsman),” he said.
However, in an apparent reference to civil rights activists like Anna Hazare, Mr. Singh said “exerting of pressure” on government by a few people was not right in a democratic system.
Asked on Uma Bharti’s return to the BJP, Mr. Singh said she would pose a “big challenge” to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
“Uma is in the habit of nursing a grudge. That’s why she poses the biggest threat to Chouhan. She won’t forget those people who played a role in her ouster as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister,” he said.
On the stone pelting incident at his residence in Bhopal, the Congress leader said he “fears that people with right-wing Hindu fundamentalist ideology might throw a bomb at his place.”
“As far as my security is concerned, I have left it to God,” Mr. Singh said.