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Updated: December 16, 2011 08:55 IST

Lokpal Bill may be tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday

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According to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, the government intends to move the Bill in the Lok Sabha on December 20. File photo
The Hindu According to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, the government intends to move the Bill in the Lok Sabha on December 20. File photo

The Union Cabinet is likely to meet either on December 18 or 19 after the return of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from Russia to take a call on the contentious issues related to the Lokpal Bill on the basis of inputs given by the Parliamentary Standing Committee and the all-party meet on Wednesday night.

According to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, the government intends to move the Bill in the Lok Sabha on December 20 for consideration and passage, along with amendments, if any, approved by the Cabinet.

Given the divergent views among political parties, particularly on the nature of jurisdiction of the Lokpal over the CBI and the Central Vigilance Commission and the modalities over bringing the office of Prime Minister within the ambit of the institution, the task of the government is cut out in shaping amendments to the Bill to ensure its smooth sailing in both Houses of Parliament.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and Left parties are emphatic that without the investigative wing of the CBI under it, the Lokpal will not be effective. There is a broad consensus within the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on bringing Prime Minister under the Lokpal, but with caveats. The ruling combine is of the view that inclusion of Prime Minister should be with safeguards covering national security and foreign affairs.

The UPA leaders are not willing to talk in concrete terms on how exactly the government would go about reconciling the differences. Indications are that the government is keen on according constitutional status to the Lokpal, a suggestion made by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

For the record, all political parties are for adoption of the Bill in the current session of Parliament and assert that it has nothing to do with the threat of another agitation by activist Anna Hazare.

Since the winter session is scheduled to end on December 22, the government is looking at various options, including its extension after the Christmas break in a bid to see through the Bill in the session.

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The UPA leaders "are not willing to talk in concrete terms on how exactly the government would go about reconciling the differences" because they themselves do not know how. The Congress party and the coalition it leads seem to be clueless on many serious problems that haunt them. The sufferings of the people of India therefore continues. Do they deserve such a fate? In this context Anna Hazare is godsend to them.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 17:16 IST

only just tabling won't do. It has to be passed.

from:  Raju Rathwa
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 14:02 IST

I think it still can't satisfy everyone. And we are in for more noise and confusion. For a moment, I think as a citzen of India, I am too responsible for this. Because I was responsible for a hung parliament.Because of my mandate, the government from day one,was on backfoot adjusting to the demands of regional parties, whom I never voted to be part of the government, I just voted them to raise their voice on my behalf, but they found their way into the government because of our system. How could we expect a regional party with just 10 or 12 MPs to be part of a government? It doesn't have the mandate, but still finds a place in the Ministry.There is something wrong with our system, We have to give it a serious thought. Till then, we have to atleast give the required numbers to whichever parties we want to form the Government, that atleast will give some stability, and will for the Government to perform. In the present system, they just trying to survive.

from:  JAYA PRAKASH
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 08:13 IST
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