Odisha, February 15, Sandipan Sharma: The chief whip of Congress legislative assembly Prasad Harichandan today denied the claims of Odisha government to be the first state to pass the Lokayukta Bill 2014 on the line of Lokpal Act. He demanded for an apology by the Panchayati Raj Minister and the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for misleading the people of Odisha.
Harichandran said that the BJD government with its old habit of misleading the people forgot the fact that Uttarakhand is the first state to pass the Lokayukta bill in the country. He said that the Legislative Assembly in Uttarakhand had passed the Lokayukta Bill on 22nd January this year governed by Congress.
Harichandran also said that the BJD is beating its own drums by passing the Lokayukta Bill. While the Uttarakhand government ruled by Congress had already passed the bill earlier, now the BJD government is claiming Odisha to be the first state to pass the bill which is completely false he said.
Harichandran said that he has moved a violation of privilege motion against Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kalpataru Das and chief minister Naveen Patnaik in the Assembly as they had mislead the Assembly.
He further said that until the vigilance directorate is made an independent body in Odisha, it may play into the hands of the government which will weaken the efficacy of the institution of Lokayukta.
He pointed out that the bill has provisions to take suo moto cognizance of any media report and order inquiry into any matter but has not been armed with the power to protect the complaints and witness to anyone seeking its intervention.