New Delhi: Congress today came down heavily on BJP over its protest against the appointment of a jurist to the Lokpal selection panel saying the Opposition party has a “hidden agenda” of blocking the constitution of Lokpal itself and hence using such “lameduck excuses”.
“BJP is attempting to block appointment of Lokpal by its lameduck excuses. The decision of the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj to oppose the appointment of eminent jurist P P Rao on the selection panel for Lokpal on purely flimsy grounds and by levelling baseless allegations with political motives exposes the hidden agenda of BJP,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters.
His remarks came soon after BJP, upping the ante on the issue, took the controversy to the President's doorstep and Swaraj lodged lodged her protest at the manner in which the government pushed for Rao's nomination and sought his intervention.
Swaraj, who is a member of the Lokpal Selection Committee, feels that Rao is a “Congress loyalist” and should not be in the panel to ensure its neutrality.