Adarsh: Rahul disagrees with Maha cabinet

New Delhi, Dec 27 : Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Friday displayed a strong stance on corruption saying that he does not agree with the decision of the Maharashtra cabinet to trash the Adarsh defence housing scam probe report by a commission that indicted at least four previous Congress chief ministers.

"I don't agree with the decision of the Maharashtra must reconsider its decision," the Gandhi scion said at a press conference here.

Reacting to Rahul's comment, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said he will consult his colleagues on the matter as the Maharashtra Cabinet has rejected the Adarsh Commission report on the defence housing scam.

Rahul's comment came at a press conference which was held after meeting Congress chief ministers and senior party leaders to chalk out a strategy for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

According to Rahul, the meeting addressed corruption issues and Lokpal as well as the issue of price hike.

"We met today on two main issues - corruption and Lokpal, and there was also the issue of price-rise," he said.

Speaking on corruption issues, Rahul said, "We want to take Lokpal to state level. Congress Chief Ministers decided that till February, stipulations in the national-level Lokpal will be taken to state-level."

He said that in order to fight corruption, there is a need of a framework not just at the national level but also at state level.

"We need framework to combat corruption and bring Lokpal in state level," he said.

The Congress number 2 said,"there are bills pending in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha - let us get together and pass those bills."

"If you are serious, let us stop talking and start acting. My party is dead serious," stated Rahul.

Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said that all Congress-ruled states will enact new Lokayukta Act before Feb 28.

Speaking on some more strategies adopted by the Congress party during the meeting, Maken said,"By Jan 15, de-list fruits and vegetables from APMC acts so that farmers have a choice and consumers have benefit of lower prices."

He said that all Congress-ruled states will invoke Essential Commodities Act to stop hoarding, black marketing and profiteering.

"All Congress-ruled states will immediately implement reforms of the Public Distribution System (PDS) to eliminate leakages and ensure food reach intended users," Maken informed.

He said that all Congress-ruled states will also take steps to open fair price shops.

"All Congress-ruled states will take steps to open fair price shops, either government-ruled or run by women so that fruits and vegetables and eggs can be sold at reasonable prices to consumers," said Maken.

--IBNS (Posted on 27-12-2013)

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