GUWAHATI, Jan 31 � Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday announced that the Opposition would not give up its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), and made a five-point suggestion to address rampant corruption and misuse of power.
Addressing mediapersons here, Naidu slammed the UPA and the State Government for the numerous financial scams and said that the UPA was presiding over an empire of corruption, with corruption constituting about three per cent of the GDP.
�Today the country is reeling under price rise of essential commodities because of a massive corruption and loot of public money. The BJP is very much concerned about the proportion of scams in the northeastern region,� he said, pointing out that the country at present is being challenged by the twin issues of corruption and black money stashed away in Swiss banks.
�Corruption has been increasing at an alarming rate in the country and it is no more a political issue, but has become a public issue now,� said Naidu, regretting that corruption has stalled the development process.
Naidu further said that to regain the confidence of the public the UPA government must take up the issue of corruption seriously and make a statement as to what steps were being taken by the government to unearth the black money in Swiss banks.
Forwarding a five-point suggestion to the UPA, Naidu said that the investigating agencies should be made independent and accountable only to Parliament.
�As of now the investigating agencies including the CBI have been acting at the behest of the government,� he said, adding that appointment of fast track courts to deal separately with corruption cases was the need of the hour.
The other suggestions of the BJP leader included immediate abolition of the discretionary powers of the ministers and MPs in allotment of contracts etc., a timeframe for the agencies investigating corruption cases, and appointment of governors on the basis of the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission.
On the other hand, Naidu while referring to the forthcoming Assembly elections in the State, said that infiltration will be one major issue apart from corruption and price rise for the party and it would apply a 3D formula � detect, delete and deport � to deal with the issue of infiltration on getting the mandate of the people.