The Uttarakhand Congress on Monday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state government for failing to constitute the Lokayukta anti-corruption body, PTI reported. Congress MLAs in the Uttarakhand Assembly protested loudly when Speaker Premchand Aggarwal rejected their demand for a detailed discussion on the issue.

“The in-house panel constituted to look into the Lokayukta bill has already submitted its report,” Leader of the Opposition Indira Hridayesh said. “However, the legislation is not being brought into the House.” Hridayesh alleged that the BJP government’s inaction on the bill was a “mockery” of its “much-publicised zero tolerance policy on corruption”.

Higher Education Minister Dhan Singh Rawat said the state government’s one year in office had been completely free of corruption, even without the existence of a Lokayukta.

Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand Assembly passed a bill proposing to increase MLAs salaries by 100%, ANI reported.