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Updated: January 3, 2012 00:41 IST

BJP MPs to meet President on Lokpal

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BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad has alleged that the Congress was spreading baseless and factually incorrect views about the Opposition’s role in the Upper House’s failure to pass the Lokpal Bill. File photo
The Hindu BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad has alleged that the Congress was spreading baseless and factually incorrect views about the Opposition’s role in the Upper House’s failure to pass the Lokpal Bill. File photo

Party charges Manmohan, Pranab with being mute spectators in Rajya Sabha

The BJP is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to pin the blame on the government for the Lokpal Bill controversy in the Rajya Sabha. A delegation of party MPs, including NDA Working Chairman L.K. Advani, is scheduled to meet President Pratibha Patil on January 5 and seek her ‘intervention' in the matter. However, there is no clarity as to what exactly the party would like the President to do.

In a bid to derive the maximum political mileage on the issue, the BJP has asked its party units all over the country to observe a ‘protest week' from January 3 to 10.

However, the party leaders are careful about commenting on the role of Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, who was in the chair when the House was adjourned sine die. He said the disorder left him with no choice but to adjourn the House.

At a news conference, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee for being mute spectators to the proceedings.

“The Prime Minister is a member of the Rajya Sabha and the Leader of the House. Mr. Mukherjee replied to the debate in the Lok Sabha and Dr. Singh intervened. Strangely, in the Upper House, Mr. Mukherjee chose to keep quiet and even the Prime Minister did not intervene. Dr. Singh has to answer why he chose to be silent,” Mr. Prasad said.

“Incorrect views”

He charged the Congress with spreading baseless and factually incorrect views about the Opposition's role in the Upper House's failure to pass the proposed legislation.

Mr. Prasad posed a series of questions to the Congress and insisted on a clarification from Dr. Singh himself. He contended that on December 28, members of the Rajya Sabha got copies of the Bill passed by the Lok Sabha and wanted to know why the debate was not started in the Upper House post lunch the same day.

On the charge by the government that the Opposition made it very difficult for the passage of the Bill by moving 187 amendments, he said: “If you [the government] could handle 76 amendments in the Lok Sabha, why not 187 in the Rajya Sabha? Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley as well as the TMC [Trinamool Congress] had moved their amendments on December 28 itself ... Is it a crime to move amendments? They cannot take away this right. I can move 300 amendments. Each member can move one,” Mr. Prasad said.

He maintained that most of the amendments related only to three issues — appointment and removal of the Lokpal, autonomy to the CBI and the Lokayukta not being formed by a Central law. “Most of the amendments in the Lok Sabha also pertained to these three issues. So there was no surprise for the government.”

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BJP ,though, is trying to gain hold of the situation prevailing in the country after this recent RS debate and adjournment,it has forgotten its own deeds back then in NDA regime and seems to be really more interested in messing up the issue and harassing the Congress(who too are to be blamed).On the other hand,Manmohan's silence in the RS too seemed to be very suspicious and can be cited as a reason of the bill's premature withdrawl the previous session,which actually might have been the motive of our dear PM.

from:  Santanu
Posted on: Jan 3, 2012 at 19:19 IST

Congress party dont want to bring the lokpal bill the way it is been suggested by Team Anna as part of the nuisance value. BJP has major role to perform in it but they are trying to take only political milege out of it by behaving differntly inside and outside the house.Actually both the parties have same fear that if the bill is passed then the states in which they are ruling lot many matters of corruption will be exposed, so delaying is denial.

from:  aher vijay
Posted on: Jan 3, 2012 at 15:18 IST

Yes BJP is only trying to take political mileage. But people of India are very smart. Can BJP answer as to why Narendra opposes Lokayukta in Gujrat. Why it wants strong lokapl in Centre and no lokayukta at state levels.Can it answer the series of flip-flops in its party in karnataka to save their govt and faces of its ministers from corruption.

from:  Vishal.Naik
Posted on: Jan 3, 2012 at 14:13 IST

BJP has not shown any commitments to Lokpal Bill. rather they are interested in protecting their chief ministers by opposing Lokayuktas. People have seen the truth. by observing protest weeks and going to the president, they can not redeem themselves. if they are committed to the lokpal, they should work with the government to give us a strong Lokpal.

from:  Jothi
Posted on: Jan 3, 2012 at 08:58 IST

Ravi Shankar is right. If Congress wants to pass the Lokpal bill and if the PM Manmohan Singh is serious he could have passed the bill. They are the party in power...not BJP. By putting so many amendments, adjourning the Rajya Sabha, meeting Anna's team many times just to waste time, putting Anna in Jail, throwing Baba Ramdev's movement off guard,...the intentions are CLEAR. This government of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh do not want India to be Corruption Free. They want Corruption. If not, prove it. We voted you...and you let us down Manmohan and Sonia.

from:  Abdul Latif
Posted on: Jan 3, 2012 at 02:51 IST
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