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Congress leader CP Joshi attacks Narendra Modi on corruption

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 7:38pm IST | Place: Kolkata | Agency: PTI
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Hitting at BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress leader CP Joshi on Tuesday questioned the party's silence on the issue of corruption in its Karnataka unit and questioned why the post of Gujurat Lokayukta remained vacant for more than a decade.

"We are being accused of corruption. But it is the Congress which brought RTI Act. Using this Act you can bring corruption in the bureaucracy and governance to the fore. It is the Congress which has empowered the people," Joshi said while addressing a function where Somen Mitra rejoined the party.

"What do the opposition have to say on the issue of corruption in Karnataka? Why the Gujarat Chief Minister, who is presently dreaming of becoming the Prime Minister, kept the post of Lokayakta in Gujarat vacant for so many years?" Joshi asked.

The state Congress leadership, during the programme stressed they didn't want an alliance with the Trinamool in West Bengal in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

"In front of the central leadership, we want to say we don't want any alliance with the Trinamool and want to contest from all 42 seats," Congress MP Deepa Dasmunshi said.

Congress leader Ambika Soni on Tuesday attacked the Trinamool Congress government on the issue of atrocities against women in the state and hinted that Congress would fight alone in the polls.

"Today (Tuesday) we have come here to take an oath to fight to strengthen our base in Bengal and fight for the people of the state against the present regime's misrule. We had fought against the British, we will fight against this misrule, but will not compromise at any cost," Soni said.

"The state of Bengal belongs to greats like Rabindranath Tagore, but now this state is more known atrocities against women and rapes. It is a matter of shame. We had not fought for this change. We feel ashamed," she said.

Congress and Trinamool were alliance partners in the second UPA regime since 2009, but parted ways after Trinamool decided to walk out of the alliance following Congress' decision to allow FDI in retail trade.

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