New Delhi, Mar 6(ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani on Sunday reiterated that one word -'corruption'- has been reverberating in every nook and corner of the country for several months now.
"I have had to privilege of being active in all the General Elections in Independent India, right from the first one in 1952 upto the 15th in 2009. And in almost all of these, opposition parties have attempted to make corruption a key issue. They have really succeeded on a national level only once, that is, in 1989, when on the Bofors Guns issue, the entire opposition climaxed their parliamentary protest with all Lok Sabha members belonging to Opposition parties resigning their seats," Advani said in the latest post on his blog.
"In this case, the banner of revolt against corruption was raised not only by opposition leaders, but from within the Congress party by Vishwanath Pratap Singh. It is, therefore, that in one of my interviews last week, I have remarked that the Congress should consider itself lucky that there is no V.P. Singh in its ranks today," he added.
He further highlighted that it is the nation's good fortune that there is a Supreme Court, which is extremely conscientious about its high constitutional duties.
"In fact the first major assault on this issue of corruption also was made by the Supreme Court way back in 1998 when in the Vineet Narain case Justices J.S. Verma CJI, S.P. Bharucha and S.C. Sen delivered a historic judgement. It is by virtue of this judgement that the Central Vigilance Commissioner has become a statutory body charged with the responsibility of superintendence over the CBI's functioning," Advani said.
"It is again because of this S.C. judgement that the appointment of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, which till then was within the authority of the executive government was made subject to selection by a Committee comprising the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha," he added.
Advani also insisted that after sensing the Supreme Court's displeasure over the nomination of P.J. Thomas as CVC, an attempt was made by some in government to make Thomas quit on his own.
"He however refused to do so. In New Delhi's political circles it is said that a senior Minister advised him not to yield," Advani said. (ANI)