Cong to urge Gov not to approve Lokayukta Bill


The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in Goa will meet Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo, Saturday, requesting him not to give assent to the amended Lokayukta Bill tabled in the recently concluded Assembly Session.  The Congress Legislative Party, which met today to discuss various issues, also resolved that they are prepared for a special session of the Legislative Assembly to discuss Lokayukta. The party wants to write to the government to convene a special session on the issue. 
“It is nothing but a diluted Bill…diluted medicine is no medicine at all. All nine Congress MLAs will make a representation to the Governor urging him not to give his accord,” CLP spokesman, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, said at a press conference, post-CLP meeting. 
The Goa Lokayukta (first amendment) Bill, 2013, seeking to increase the fine for ‘frivolous or vexatious complaints’ from Rs one lakh to Rs 10 lakh amidst other changes, was passed in the Assembly amidst an Opposition walkout. 
“When he (Parrikar) was the leader of opposition, he allowed the Bill to be passed…he tried to enact Karnataka model…he did not move a single amendment and now he decides to amend,” Lourenco said.  The Congress legislator contended that the government’s delay in the setting up of Lokayukta should be to make it stronger than otherwise.  [H]