Reconsider fine, BJP to own govt


The BJP on Tuesday echoed some part of what social activists and civil society have been saying for some days now-that the government should reconsider the fine for a frivolous or vexatious complaint.

Under the recently passed Goa Lokayukta (First Amendment) Bill 2013 the amended fine is between 1 lakh and 10 lakh. Speaking to mediapersons, BJP spokesperson Narendra Sawaikar said the government should reconsider this because it is the "people's sentiment". Interestingly, the state is presently governed by a BJP-led government, headed by chief minister Manohar Parrikar. Stressing that the government "is sensitive" about the sentiments being expressed on the issue, Sawaikar said "the government will take the right decision" after taking into consideration public opinion.

He said the party has condemned the "false propaganda being run by some people to misguide others on the Lokayukta amendment issue".

On the Act's deemed acceptance and deemed rejection clause, Sawaikar said, "The BJP is of the opinion that the law which has been put together by the government is appropriate and it (Act) will be simple for the public to (use to) fight corruption." [TOI]