Congress stages youth rally against 'corrupt' Gujarat governance

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 01, 2013 18:40 hrs

The ruling Congress Party on Tuesday staged a youth rally here to protest against corruption in the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat Government, and demonstrated for a Lokayukta to be appointed in the state so that corruption is mitigated in the state, in order for the youth to be given a fair shot at employment opportunities.

Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia said that corruption had spread to every government department due to the absence of a Lokayukta in the state.

"Corruption has spread to every section. A Lokayukta has not been appointed. The entire money is being wasted in corruption. Nothing is left for youngsters. We have organised a youth rally to express this. Thousand of youths have gathered despite attempts to make it a failure," he said.

Policemen arrested senior Congress leaders and slogan-shouting workers as they tried to violate prohibitory orders.

Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has been ruling the state since 2001, defeating Congress in three successive polls.

Earlier today, the Gujarat State Assembly passed the controversial Gujarat Lokayukta Aayog Bill 2013 without considering the amendments of state Governor Kamla Beniwal, who had earlier refused to sign the Bill in the proposed form.

The bill will again be sent to Governor Beniwal for her approval.

The Lokayukta Aayog Bill, 2013 proposes to give all the powers of the appointment to a selection committee headed by Chief Minister and wants the Governor to act on the recommendations of this committee.

The new Bill also proposed a special provision which gives pivotal power to the state government in excluding any 'public functionaries' from the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta. The Bill was passed unchanged. (ANI)

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