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Convene special Assembly session to pass Lokayukta Bill, IAC dares BJD

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 25:

The Odisha chapter of India Against Corruption (IAC) has demanded the convening of a special session of the Assembly for passing a strong Lokayukta Bill for the state.

“The BJD government, which never tires of claiming transparency, should take a leaf out of the book of the Uttarkhand government and convene a special session of the Assembly to prove that its claim is not mere rhetoric,” IAC volunteer Malay Kumar Tripathy said on Wednesday.

The IAC launched a scathing attack on BJD leader in the Lok Sabha Bhartruhari Mahatab for going back on his commitment on the floor of the parliament two years ago that his party would bring and pass a ‘strong’ Lokayukta Bill in the Odisha Assembly in ‘three months’.

On December 27, 2011, Mahatab had said in the Lok Sabha that the Bill for a ‘strong’ Lokayukta would be tabled in the Assembly when the budget session is convened in three months’ time. But he has now done a complete  volte face and says he had said that the party would bring such a Bill within three months of Parliament passing the Lokpal Bill,” Tripathy pointed out. “We condemn this grossly misleading statement from a respected leader on such a crucial issue,” he said. .

Parliament has recently passed Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill-2011 after prolonged debate. As per the provisions of the bill, all states have to pass their Lokayukta Bill within one year.