The State assembly on Wednesday passed the Bihar Lokayukta Bill, 2011, by a voice vote to pave the decks for setting up a strong and effective anti-corruption watchdog in the State with the Chief Minister, ministers and officials down to the lowest rung under its purview.

The Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary put the Bihar Lokayukta Bill, 2011 for voting by the members who passed the landmark legislation by a voice vote.

Earlier, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijrendra Prasad Yadav, in charge of General Administration department, tabled the Bihar Lokayukta Bill, in the post-lunch session of the house.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Leader of Opposition Abdul Bari Siddique and other leaders took part in the debate over the bill for over an hour and put across views for and against the proposed legislation.