Lucknow, June 3 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday slammed the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre for slow progress in tackling corruption in the country.
Speaking at the party national executive meeting here, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad noted that signatories of almost all the countries in the world ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption, an international legal instrument against corruption, in 2005.
"The UN Convention Against Corruption was ratified by countries all over the world in 2005. But India ratified it only a week ago. When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was leaving for Kabul, he informed a newspaper that he had ratified the convention. Why can't the UPA take any meaningful action on corruption?," he said
"We have also pressed the demand for Double Taxation regime. Double Taxation regime prohibits use of black money. We requested the Prime Minister to give us the names of politicians who are involved in money laundering and also the action taken against them, but nothing has been revealed as yet," he added.
Earlier, at the inaugural session of the meeting, Party President Nitin Gadkari alleged UPA government for attacking federalism of the country making step motherly treatment with non- UPA state governments and misusing institutions like CBI for political vendetta.
Expressing his concern over rising of unemployment, he said economic prosperity is in peril when inflation is out of control and the lacks of political will for reforms.
Reiterating party's commitment to make India free from terror, hunger and corruption, he demanded setting up an independent mechanism to deal with the appointment of a Lokpal to handle corruption related case
More than 300 delegates including Party's top leaders including LK Advani, MM Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Chief Ministers from Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Anant Kumar, Hema Malini, Maneka Gandhi and Smriti Irani are participating in the meeting.
Several issues including the alleged failure of the UPA government in controlling inflation, corruption, its alleged soft stand on Naxalism and terrorism and upcoming Assembly elections in five states will be discussed in detail.
The Chief Ministers from BJP ruled states, state unit presidents of the party and organisation secretaries would separately sit on Sunday with the party leadership for another meeting after the conclusion of the national executive. (ANI)