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Govt., BJP differ on Lokpal Bill discussion

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A view of the Parliament House on the opening day of the Budget Session. Photo: Kamal Narang
A view of the Parliament House on the opening day of the Budget Session. Photo: Kamal Narang

A confrontation on the Lokpal Bill appears to be brewing in Parliament with the Bharatiya Janata Party demanding a discussion on Tuesday on the issue, which the government plans to take up in the second part of the Budget Session beginning April 24, 2012.

This became clear with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal saying that the priority for the government was to get the Vote on Account passed by March 30, 2012 and bills like the Lokpal Bill will be taken up in the second part.

Close on the heels of Mr. Bansal’s statement, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said he would give a notice for suspension of Question Hour in the Upper House on Tuesday for discussion on the Lokpal Bill.

Discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President for her address to Parliament is on the agenda for Tuesday.

While the Railway Budget is scheduled for March 14, 2012, the Economic Survey will be tabled in Parliament the next day and the General Budget will be presented on March 16, 2012.

In his customary eve-of-the-session media interaction, Mr. Bansal said government has “very little time” for legislative business in the first part of the session in spite of the fact that 39 bills are listed for consideration and passing, including the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, which has been approved by the Lok Sabha.

The Minister said that nearly 200 amendments to the Bill moved in the Upper House in the previous session had lapsed after it was prorogued and members have started giving amendments afresh.

“One member has moved some amendments. I believe some others may also do so. Even the government will have to move amendments afresh. These will have to be examined before taking them up for discussion,” Mr. Bansal said.

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I agree and empathize with the comments made by Mr Shekhar. I too was a supporter of Congress all these years. Infact I was very happy when the Congress was once again able to form Government in 2009 with more number of seats.But the events happened in the last few years have made me completely disgusted with the Congress.Other than the mega scams, and the arrogant behaviour of some of the Ministers and Senior Congress Leaders, the way it tried to scuttle the movements of Shri Anna Hazare's & Baba Ramdev's Movement by blatant misuse of Govt.machinery was really disappointing.The only way forward for Congress to restore its bad image among the people right now is to pass and implement a strong,effective and independent Lokpal. I hope Congress learn lessons from recent Assembly elections, if not Congress tally in next LokSabha will not even touch 3 digit number.

from:  Satheesh
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 13:10 IST

Quite difficult to believe the Congress party is keen to move the bill. They would find all excuses to postpone the bill. No lessons learned from UP elections. Our family were die hard supporters of this party, however now feel this party let the Indian people down. The best way for the party to redeem itself is to bring out a strong Lokpal bill.

from:  Shekhar
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 19:11 IST

The BJP should understand that LokPal bill Bill is not a match winner. Rather continuous disruption of parliament has already given it a very bad image. They should understand that if Congress and BJP has to remain as National party they should stop leg pulling of each other. Other wise they soon will become regional party.

from:  Binod
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 19:03 IST

Still Congress Government is not realising, what people need? They need Jan Lokpal bill, so that corruption can reduce upto certain extent.

MMS be bold and do not get bold by Mafia

from:  SRIRAM
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 18:34 IST
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