Alleging widespread corruption in Gujarat under chief minister Narendra Modi, the opposition Congress today vowed to appoint a lokayukta within three days if voted to power.
Promising a "fearless and corruption-free society", the Gujarat unit of the Congress said its government would give autonomy to the state vigilance commission and its recommendations would be made binding to establish an efficient and speedy corruption-prevention mechanism.
Senior Congress leaders, including state unit president Arjun Modhwadia, leader of the opposition Shaktisinh Gohil, and campaign committee chairman Shankarsinh Vaghela made a series of promises on issues like tackling crime and corruption while addressing the media here.
The Congress will appoint a lokayukta within three days of coming to power, Modhvadia said. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, at a recent campaign rally in Rajkot, had pointed out that there was no lokayukta in Gujarat for the past eight years.
Promising amendments in the Lokayukta Act of Gujarat to bring it in line with that in Karnataka, the party said it would investigate the graft in Modi's government.
Announcing the final point in the party's 12-point 'People Development Vision 2012' ahead of the assembly polls, the Congress also furnished figures of crime recorded in the state from 2001-2011 to back its allegation of deterioration in law and order. "In the past 10 years, crime rate has increased and police has been used not for the safety of the poeple but only to gather people for Modi's fairs and functions," said Modhwadia.
"Modi has been misusing the state police for political purposes for the past decade and hence there are more than 30 cops, including one dozen IPS officers, in jail now," he said.
The Congress promised to bring a new public services accountability act, ban all political transfers of police officers, and set up a board to handle transfers. It also promised to reopen the Haren Pandya murder case, calling it a "political murder", a view shared by the slain former minister's family.