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Updated: November 4, 2012 18:01 IST

Committed to passage of Lokpal Bill: PM, Sonia

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi and DPCC president J.P. Agarwal wave to crowd at the party's rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.
PTI Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi and DPCC president J.P. Agarwal wave to crowd at the party's rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday.

Amid reports that the much talked about Lokpal Bill will be brought in the Winter session, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said they are committed to the measure.

AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who was the first speaker at the Congress rally on Sunday, rued that though Congress brought the bill before Parliament, the Opposition ensured its non-passage in the Rajya Sabha.

“But we will again bring it and ensure the passage of that bill,” Mr. Rahul said.

The Prime Minister and the Congress chief also spoke of plans to bring forward the measure to fight graft. Ms. Gandhi attacked BJP for blocking the passage of the bill.

She said that the UPA government brought the Lokpal bill to fight corruption but the “BJP did not allow its passage in the Rajya Sabha. But our struggle to get it passed will continue and I hope we would be successful in it“.

Dr. Singh while highlighting the need to fight corruption said Parliament is considering the Lokpal Bill.

The Lokpal bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha but could no be passed in the Rajya Sabha due to stiff opposition from the BJP and some parties to some of its provisions.

Reports had it that Government planned to drop the contentious clause relating to setting up Lokayuktas in the states from the Lokpal bill and try to get it passed in the Winter Session of Parliament beginning November 22.

The rationale is that deleting the clause would help the government secure the support of UPA allies like the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party and constituents of the Opposition NDA in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling coalition is in a minority.

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Now that Lokpal bill is passed,it has to be passed in Rajya sabha as well and BJP has to spell out in detail their opposition to the bill.and the effect of the bill has to be effected on all those responsible for corruption with immediate effect.First Individual and then group of members who are involved.under the supervision of supreme court.What Dr swamy, and Anna Hazare and kejriwal says?

from:  vaidya
Posted on: Nov 5, 2012 at 00:18 IST

They are committed to do so since 1969.
At least Congress shouldn't talk about Lokpal

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Nov 4, 2012 at 21:45 IST

Congress party somehow managed to enter the Chakra Vyuh of governance,
but miserably failed to govern the way it was expected. Now it is
battling for life with any weapon that seems (like FDI in retail, Lokpal
bill, etc.) will give its a fresh life.Clearly, the signals that the
party is rattled due to its own deeds, are clear.

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Nov 4, 2012 at 20:42 IST

We've seen the drama of attempt to pass Lokpal Bill. I cannot trust
Congress and BJP to pass a strong Lokpal bill. They need to clean their
party first before making any attempt to pass this bill. Otherwise it'll
prove to be shot in the foot that no party can bear.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Nov 4, 2012 at 19:50 IST

UPA and THE FAMILY can make tall claims but the facts speak for
themselves. Such utterances are only ELECTIONEERING STUNTS. Please
spare us - the poor ones!

from:  Sangat Singh
Posted on: Nov 4, 2012 at 18:55 IST
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