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Updated: October 12, 2011 16:03 IST

Centre’s move a delaying tactic: Team Anna

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Kiran Bedi: "Constitutional status (for Lokpal) is a sure means to delay or avoid the passage of the bill”. File photo

Questioning Government’s move to make the Lokpal a Constitutional authority, Team Anna on Wednesday said it was a tactic to delay or avoid its passage and “fool” the people.

“If government is serious on Lokpal, it should first pass the bill by winter session. Constitutional status is a sure means to delay or avoid the passage of the bill,” activist Kiran Bedi said.

Ms. Bedi was responding to Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s revelation in an interview to PTI on Tuesday that the government intends to make the Lokpal a Constitutional authority which will be “more powerful” than the Election Commission“.

For this purpose, he said a Constitutional amendment bill is to be introduced in the winter session of Parliament starting next month and the Lokpal legislation is expected to be approved in the same session.

Ms. Bedi said the plans to make Lokpal a Constitutional authority was like “putting the cart before the horse. It’s like, no bread (but) keep waiting for the illusionary cake.

Who are they fooling?”

The move for a Constitutional body is a follow-up to the proposal made by AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi at last month’s Lok Sabha debate on Lokpal.

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