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Lokpal Bill to come up in Rajya Sabha tomorrow

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  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    NEW DELHI: The Lokpal Bill will come up in Rajya Sabha on Friday and is a "priority" for the government, parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said on Thursday.

    "Our priority is Lokpal Bill. The Lokpal Bill has to be taken up in Rajya Sabha, and then it will come up in Lok Sabha," he said, adding the government will list the measure in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow."

    He also dismissed suggestions that there was any plan to curtail the winter session of Parliament.

    Asked about reports that government is considering adjourning Parliament sine die by Friday, he said, "There is no plan at the moment to curtail the session. We have allocated time for other businesses and we have a list of priorities".

    He said the government also has to secure the passage of the supplementary demands for grants of the finance and railway ministries.

    The winter session, which started on December 5, is scheduled to end on December 20.

    Government has assured Anna Hazare that the bill will be taken up in the ongoing Parliament session, but the anti-graft crusader has started an indefinite hunger strike to press for its early passage that entered third day on Thursday.

    Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabh Sushma Swaraj accused the government of trying to cut short the session, thereby stalling the anti-graft bill and said her party is keen that it is taken up without delay.

    Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party made it clear that it will oppose the Bill in the Rajya Sabha while the JD(U) and NCP supported its early passage.

    There is no question of supporting it, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said outside Parliament.

    Asked repeatedly why his party is opposing it, Yadav said, "This is hypothetical question. First let it come and then we will tell you."

    His colleague Naresh Agarwal, however, said "government has lost the trust of the people so it should not bring any bill in the House".

    Supporting the measure, JD(U) leader KC Tyagi said the party is in favour of setting up Lokpal.

    "Anna has written to Nitish Kumar on Lokpal. We are in favour of an effective, transparent lokpal. We will not oppose it but we will definitely give suggestion."

    NCP leader DP Tripathy said, "We are for passing the Lokpal Bill in the current session. Once it is passed in the Rajya Sabha then it will go to the Lok Sabha."

    Asked how it will be possible since the session is going to end soon, he said, "The session is scheduled to continue till December 20 and there is no proposal yet to adjourn it before that."

    Lokpal Bill to come up in Rajya Sabha tomorrow - The Times of India
     
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    ALready diluted Lokpal bill is jus a hogwash. There is no point of the the bill where it doesn't have the rights to dismiss but jus give recommendation... If am right..
     
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    Lokpal Bill likely in Rajya Sabha today; BJP warns against its dilution

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    New Delhi: The government's plan to quickly push the Lokpal Bill in the Rajya Sabha today could run into trouble again, with the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party warning it against diluting provisions of the proposed anti-corruption law.

    Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Wednesday accused the government of ignoring key recommendations of an all-party parliamentary committee while redrafting the Bill.

    "We won't allow the government to subvert the select committee report," he said, setting the stage for another confrontation over the proposed law that creates a national ombudsman or Lokpal empowered to investigate charges of corruption against elected representatives and bureaucrats.

    The BJP wants the recommendation that an investigating officer's transfer should be cleared by the Lokpal and an errant officer should be raided without notice included.

    Two years ago, the Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha, but flopped in the Rajya Sabha as the Opposition demanded changes. A new version based on the recommendations of the committee is now being introduced first in the Rajya Sabha and then the Lok Sabha.

    The government has promised to pass the Bill in both houses in the winter session which ends next Friday; it has been put on notice by Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, who is on an indefinite hunger-strike in his Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra to demand that the bill be passed immediately.

    "We will see whether the government brings the Lokpal or joke-pal," the 76-year-old activist said yesterday.

    The Centre's alacrity is also seen as a response to the spectacular performance in the Delhi elections of the Aam Aadmi Party, whose founder Arvind Kejriwal partnered with Anna in 2011 to champion the Lokpal Bill.

    It has earmarked six hours to discuss the bill in the Rajya Sabha today, but the first challenge is to get the House to run long enough to introduce the Bill. There has been virtually no business transacted in either house amid continuous disruptions in this 12-day session so far.

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