CWC says govt was serious in tackling graft
The CWC meeting presided by party chief Sonia Gandhi with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by her side, however, left the issue of bringing the Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal to the all party meeting scheduled on July 3.
Congress will also bring out a booklet giving party's detailed response on the Lokpal issue before the July 3 all party meeting, it was decided at the CWC also attended by Rahul Gandhi.
"There was a general view that it will not to be correct to concede demands, whenever a motley group of four to five persons start making demands that contrary to the Constitution. Any demand that hurts the democratic polity can not be accepted," AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters after the meeting.
He added that Congress will support "whatever the government decides in consultation with various political parties" when asked about the party's view on bringing the Prime Minister under Lokpal's ambit.
At the outset, Sonia Gandhi sought to dismiss Opposition charges on the issue of corruption and maintained that the government was serious in tackling graft and all other issues of public welfare.
At the meeting devoted entirely to the Lokpal issue, Gandhi insisted that she as well as the Prime Minister had from time to time expressed their views on the issue of corruption and actions were also taken.