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Deve Gowda favours PM under Lokpal ambit, but warns against haste.

New Delhi, June 20 (ANI): Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief Deve Gowda on Monday favoured bringing the post of Prime Minister under the purview of Lokpal, but warned against any haste in the matter.

"Politicians in the country are looked at by people with suspicion. PM (Prime Minister) or Deputy PM. Everybody should be brought under its (Lokpal's) purview," Gowda told reporters here.

"To regain the confidence of the people, whether it is Prime Minister, whether it is Home Minister or it is x minister, it is not the issue. All political leaders, ministers, ex-ministers, chief ministers...all must be brought under the purview of Lokpal. There is no question of this man or that man," he added.

The JD-S leader further said the law should be enacted not in a 'hurried manner', but after considering every aspect.

"There should not be any loopholes. It should be a model one. Necessary other laws must be amended. People's Representation Act must also be amended," he said.

Observing that the issue of corruption is increasingly being highlighted during the current UPA rule and an 'alert' media has taken up the battle, Gowda said about the public perception: "Now every politician is corrupt. That is the atmosphere. Nobody can trust the political leaders."

Gowda also showered praises on Anna Hazare-led civil society for its fight against corruption.

"I must compliment Anna Hazare, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan and Santosh Hegde," he said.

The former Prime Minister also favoured "some mechanism" whereby corruption, if any, in judiciary too can be checked. owda said he was not sure how the proposed judicial accountability Bill would be effective.

The government on Saturday said prima facie it was opposed to the inclusion of the Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal, but was open to the idea of covering him once he demits office.

On Saturday, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and joint drafting committee member said, "Within the government, we feel prima facie, the Prime Minister should not be covered (under the Lokpal). But at the same time we want to make sure that if he demits office, he should not be exonerated from prosecution." (ANI)

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