Dhumal backs Hazare, calls for fighting corruption

Shimla, April 9 (IANS) Supporting the campaign of social activist Anna Hazare for a stringent anti-graft law, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Saturday expressed concern over corruption in the country.

‘Corruption is the main issue before the nation and there is a need for self-introspection…we all should root out corruption from society,’ Dhumal said here at a function.

He said the movement launched by Hazare was nothing less than an eye-opener. Hazare called off his 97-hour fast in New Delhi Saturday morning after the central government’s decision to introduce a more stringent anti-graft law in the monsoon session of parliament.

Dhumal said the state government was determined to eradicate corruption, and called upon the legal fraternity to help provide speedy and prompt justice to people.

‘There is a need for expeditious investigation of cases relating to corruption by probe agencies so that the courts could take decisions at the earliest,’ he said.

The Dhumal-led Bharatiya Janata Party government is planning to bring in a new legislation for confiscating property acquired through illegal means.

Dhumal said in the state assembly Friday that a bill to confiscate property would be brought in the next session (monsoon) of the assembly.

‘The aim is to make the state free from corruption,’ Dhumal said in a statement.

‘It’s (corruption) a national issue and there should be no politics over it. It’s a common problem and all the legislators should jointly fight it,’ Dhumal said.