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24 June, 2006

File PILs on OoP, graft: BJP to its state legal cells

NEW DELHI, JUNE 24: The BJP today asked its legal cells in states ruled by other parties to use public interest litigation as a weapon against corruption and lawmakers holding offices of profit.
BJP legal and legislative business cell convenor Satya Pal Jain told reporters that the party believed PILs can help check corruption and violation of laws relating to office-of-profit.
"We have asked our legal cells to use PILs for action against corruption in public offices and against those lawmakers who are wrongfully holding offices of profit," Jain said after a meeting of his cell's national executive.
The former MP, who alleged that office-of-profit rules were being violated most in non-BJP states, said his party's legal cells would be actively filing PILs in Congress-ruled states.
In his address to the meeting, party chief Rajnath Singh hailed judiciary for its intervention to offset, what he called, attempts by the ruling UPA to undermine constitutional proprieties.
Singh, who cited the Supreme Court verdict in Bihar Assembly dissolution case, insisted that the "failure" of executive has led to judicial activism.
"The executive has failed and so have the politicians in carrying out their duties, but the judiciary commands the highest respect in society," Singh said.
The BJP also decided to hold state-level conferences from next month and a national conference in Delhi in November on the ruling UPA's handling of constitutional issues.