GUWAHATI, April 9 - Though corruption has become a major issue for the common people, none of the major parties have a road map to deal with the menace. However, almost all parties have admitted that there is a need to give more teeth to the anti-corruption laws.
Commenting on the issue, BJP�s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal told The Assam Tribune that corruption could be checked a great deal by bringing in accountability and transparency in the administration. He said that loopholes in the taxation system would have to be plugged. He also admitted the need for strengthening the anti-corruption laws. However, Sonowal could not spell out the details as to how he would bring in transparency in the administration.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dutta also admitted that the anti-corruption laws should be strengthened. He said that the Congress government had always investigated into all specific allegations of corruption and during the UPA government at the Centre, even Central ministers were put behind the bars for their involvement in corrupt practices.
AGP president Atul Bora said that if the alliance government comes to power, all the instances of corruption would be investigated into and action would be taken against those found guilty. He said that the anti-corruption laws should be strengthened. At the same time, he said that the level of corruption would come down on its own if the �popular government� comes to power.
AIUDF spokesman Aminul Islam alleged that corruption has become a way of life in Assam during the Congress rule and every citizen is affected by the same. He said that there is urgent need to take strong steps to check corruption.
However, interestingly none of the parties could spell out the details of the steps needed to be taken to deal with corruption in different levels of administration.