Congress acts swiftly on corruption, says Sonia

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NEW DELHI - Citing the Bofors issue, former union minister Shashi Tharoor and former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday said her party had acted swiftly against corruption. She added that people would judge it more positively than other parties.

“As far as the Congress is concerned, you know how we deal with matters of corruption starting from the issue of Bofors,” Gandhi told reporters in response to a question on whether Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa should resign on corruption charges.

Stating that the party had asked then minister of state for external affairs Tharoor to resign, Gandhi added the chief minister of Mahararashtra had also been asked to go as soon US President Barack Obama left the country.

“…so I think when we talk of action, when we are faced with corruption, which is a shameful bimari in our system, which really needs to be fought, we have to find ways and the mechanism to fight it.

“When we compare the action that our party takes with the action that other parties take, as you have mentioned, BJP in Karnataka, it is for people to judge. I am confident that they will judge us more positively than other parties.”

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