Delhi,Aradhna Wal: Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav's nascent movement, Swaraj Abhiyan, attacked the NDA government at the Centre, saying that it was about to appoint an officer to the post of the Central Vigilance Commissioner, who has many charges of corruption against him.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Bhushan announced that despite the government's "lack of transparency" in appointing public officials, they had "fortuitously" come to know of the top contender for the post of the CVC, currently lying vacant. This person, who they refused to name as of yet, was completely unsuited to the position because of his own past, according to Bhushan. "I have written to the prime minister, the Leader of Opposition and the home minister about this," Bhushan told the media.
He further warned the central government to not be too proud of the fact that there were no scams in its first year, saying that scams take time to brew and come out in the open. He pointed to the coal auctions as an example, saying that there was absolute lack of transparency there too.
Bhushan, along with Yadav and Swaraj Abhiyan's national convenor Anand Kumar spoke to the media at a press conference organised to announce their new 29-member working committee, the constitution and the vision document. Some of the key points of their constitution are to come under RTI, autonomy to state bodies, advisory council, freedom of expression, associate membership for other organizations and the Lokpal.
The working committee comprises Ajit Jha, Prashant Bhushan and Anand Kumar looking after Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana respectively; former AAP National Executive members Vishal Sharma Lathe, Rakesh Sinha also after Uttar Pradesh, Maruti Bhapkar after Maharashtra and Christina Samy after Tamil Nadu.
The leaders also refrained from committing to the formation of any new party, saying that while they were not averse to the idea, they were not eager for it, preferring to focus on the movement from now.
Explaining the month gone by from the time of the Abhiyan's announcement, they said that they had held Swaraj Samvads in different parts of the country, taking up local issues.
They also announced their nationwide campaign for farmers, Jai Kisaan Yatra that will kick off around September-October. They promised to take up all issues and needs of farmers, including the controversial Land Acquisition Ordinance and all other problems. According to them, such needs of farmers and peasants have been so far ignored by all other parties.
Only when reporters pressed them with specific questions, did Bhushan and Yadav talk about the Aam Aadmi Party, specifically the ongoing turf war between the chief minister and the lieutenant governor.
The leaders said that the power to appoint its bureaucrats should be with Delhi's elected government, as it was part of the struggle for full statehood, which they support. However, they added a note of caution saying that the way the current government was going about the issue was "immature", "dangerous" and could prove counterproductive to achieving statehood.