ACB: CM faces opposition within party

ACB: CM faces opposition within party

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-04-09 19:37 Bengaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s ambitious move to have Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) is now being opposed by his own party men and thus exposing anti-incumbency in the party. Joining the rank is senior Congress leader B Janardhan Poojary who criticised Siddaramaiah’s decision to have ACB and asked him to withdraw it.Lashing out at Siddaramaiah, Poojary told reporters in Mangaluru that, “If Congress is not ready to fight against corruption – as setting up of ACB is being seen as weak institution compared to Lokayukta – how would we be able to counter Yeddyurappa, who was jailed on corruption charges.” Now that the court has stayed formation of ACB, Siddaramaiah must consider withdrawing it, he added.  It can be recalled here that the BJP had boycotted the Assembly session protesting against the ACB and termed it Siddaramaiah’s conspiracy to weaken the Lokayukta. But Siddaramaiah went ahead with his decision and claimed that for the past 30 years, the police have been working under the supervision lokayukta.Also, Aam Admi Party workers along with former Lokayukta justice Santosh Hegde went on a hunger strike protesting against the ACB. Justice Hegde felt that with the ACB the chief minister is trying to render the Lokayukta useless.ACB will be headed by police officials and under the direct control of the chief minister. This allows CM to use it as an administrative weapon to control the Opposition.