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Shanti Bhushan invites Pranab for public debate

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Shanti Bhushan. File Photo: S. Subramanium
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Shanti Bhushan. File Photo: S. Subramanium

Civil society members of the joint committee on the drafting of the Lokpal Bill have invited the government representatives for a public debate on the six contentious issues they could not resolve at Monday's meeting of the panel.

In a letter, committee co-chairman and senior advocate Shanti Bhushan has invited Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who heads the committee, to participate in a national debate, which the civil society members intend to hold on June 5, a day ahead of the committee's next meeting. The letter says it is necessary to educate people on the pros and cons of the six issues on which he has sought the opinion of the stakeholders.

The debate is likely to be telecast live by several national and regional television channels and it will help people form an informed opinion.

Pointing out that except Justice Santosh Hegde, the four other civil society members will take part in the debate, Mr. Bhushan has underlined the usefulness of the participation of all five government nominees.

He has also offered to change the date if June 5 does not suit Mr. Mukherjee. Even if all five Union Ministers could not make it to the debate, at least a few of them should.

Mr. Bhushan has also offered to mutually decide the format and other details of the debate.

Mr. Bhushan has proposed to invite the former Chief Justice of India, J.S. Verma, to preside over the discussion, or anyone else of his choice.

However, he has clarified that he is yet to contact Mr. Justice Verma.

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How i hope that Mr Mukherjee accepts the debate and the literate public can learn many new things.It is not the question of who is right or wrong but the knowledge of what is right and wrong. In the interest of the Nation let this debate take place.Things that are happening are not normal and hence this clarification / correction is the need of the hour.

from:  Gururaj
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011 at 21:03 IST

If the governement is really serious about rooting out corruption, why are its representatives not agreeing to a public debate on the contentious issues of Lokpal bill? They do not want Lokpal to have any teeth to bite the big shots. We selected the MPs and MLAs - and thus the govt - for a clean and effective administration, and not to use its powers conveniently for the members' selfish goals. Dear Ministers and MPs, do not hide behind the veil of constitution and democracy. Eralier Anna had demanded that the joint committee meetings be recorded and shared with the public. Why was it not done? The result of corruption - Our 'elected' 'sarkar' had converted satyameva jayate into satyameva bhayate. That's why even the PM and Chief Justice should come under its ambit. Only thing required is a proper check on Lokpal, so that it does not become a law unto itself.

from:  Rakesh Agrawal
Posted on: Jun 3, 2011 at 19:02 IST

It is a very sane invitation,better than inviting the corrupt class to give their input.Dear Mr. Pranab Mukerji ,please honor this and oblige. The posterity will remember you for this bold approach .

Posted on: Jun 2, 2011 at 23:29 IST
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