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AAP meets Goa Governor on controversial Lokayukta Amendment

A delegation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) called on Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo at Raj Bhavan on Monday and asked him not to accord his assent to the amendments to the Goa Lokayukta Bill, 2011.

The delegation, led by National Executive Committee Member Dinesh Vaghela, also submitted a memorandum of demands to the Governor.

Vaghela and Rajashri Nagarsekar of AAP said they put forward their two other demands, namely, before appointing Justice B. Sudarshan Reddy as the Lokayukta, the Governor must ask him whether he had asked the Chief Minister to carry out the (now controversial) amendments in the Act, and if so, his reasons for the same; the memorandum urged the Governor to find out from Lokayukta-designate if he had made any other suggestions to Chief Minister for amendments as people of the State had a right to know that.

Vaghela said the Lokayukta Act gave powers to the Lokayukta to make recommendations to the Government, but the party’s concern was that while some anti-people and pro-corruption amendments had been carried out by the government in the Legislative Assembly prior to the appointment of the Lokayukta, the Chief Minister told the Members that these suggestions had come from Reddy “to make the Act stronger.”

“The Governor assured our delegation that he will act within the ambit of the law and take appropriate decisions when the time comes,” said Vaghela.

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