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Posted On : 10 Aug, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : New Delhi 
Congress slams PM Modi's 'hypocrisy' in fighting corruption
The Congress today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "hypocrisy" in fighting corruption and alleged that his government is systematically weakening anti-corruption laws made under the previous UPA regime.

Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the prime minister's slogan of corruption-free governance has turned hollow and asked him to take action against leaders of the BJP in various states who are embroiled in various scams.

"We urge the prime minister to stop the sermons and take action against corruption. Start by cleaning up your own house," he said.

Singhvi said though the prime minister came to power with the slogan of "Na khaoonga, na khaane doonga (Neither will I indulge in corruption nor allow anyone else to do so)" but his track record is exactly the opposite.

"His government has a terrible track record of systematically crippling the anti-corruption legislations that the UPA government had set up. For three years, the nation is asking 'Where is the Lokpal? Why is the PM protecting the corrupt?" he said.

Singhvi also said that the prime minister's "deafening silence" and "lack of action" on numerous irregularities involving the BJP in states and at the Centre are for all to see, citing the Vyapam, the GSPC and Lalit Modi issue and the paddy scams.

"I would request the NDA, I would request our Prime Minister to look backwards, to look inside, to look inwards and not to preach without practice. Do not have this 'chasm' between your words and your deeds," Singh told reporters.

"Our democracy is being taken for a ride. The Congress and the people of India will resist and not rest till the PM matches his words with actual action. End the hypocrisy, Mr Prime Minister," he said, adding that the Modi government's promise to fight corruption is "plain political gimmickry".

Congress leader Rajeev Gowda claimed that 31 per cent of BJP ministers have criminal cases against them and 18 per cent of them face serious criminal charges like attempt to murder, murder, rape, kidnapping and crimes against women.

The Congress also released a white paper titled 'The Systematic Crippling of Anti-Corruption Laws by Modi Sarkar' and a state-wise list of BJP's alleged involvement in scams and criminal cases against its MPs.

Gowda urged PM Modi to end the "hypocrisy" and match actions to the words that he periodically tries to "entice" the people with when he says that he is fighting against corruption.

"The record shows that his fight against corruption, the action level is absolutely zero and until he takes action against his own colleagues and demonstrates how he is able to send them to jail, we will not believe and that nation will not believe a word further that he utters on corruption," he said.

Singhvi claimed that the Whistleblowers Protection Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act have been "weakened".

He also alleged that the government was unable to bring in the Lokpal Act merely due to lack of an amendment in law which allows inclusion of the leader of the single largest party in opposition in the search committee.

"This," he said, "is the height of hypocrisy, double standards, height of selectivity, shamelessness and yesterday, yet again one heard the prime minister giving sermons about eradication of corruption."

The Congress leader said the Right to Information Act has also been eroded and the introduction of electoral bonds is a part of an elaborate scheme to "smother accountability and transparency".

He alleged that by employing methods of "coercion, intimidation, misuse of state agencies and money power", the BJP has "stolen" the mandate of the people in Goa and Manipur while its "corrupt" practices to lure MLAs were foiled in Gujarat recently.