Parliamentary panel rules out passage of Lokpal Bill in Monsoon Session

first_imgThe Select Committee of Rajya Sabha, which has been looking into the Lokpal Bill, has ruled out the possibility of the passage of the anti-corruption law in the forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament, as demanded by Team Anna.Even as Team Anna started a fresh round of agitation on Wednesday seeking the passage of a strong Lokpal Bill, the chairman of the parliamentary panel, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, said, “We will not be able to meet the deadline of the last week of the monsoon session. The committee was constituted a bit late… We will broad base suggestions.”Indicating that the government was not bothered by Team Anna’s latest onslaught, Chaturvedi said, “Activists have there own agenda and I don’t want to appeal to them. They cannot challenge the independence of the House. The House is supreme… Other views too need to be respected. There is no point appealing to them. They can do what they like.”Reacting to the Congress leader’s remark, veteran activist Anna Hazare said, “They have always done this. They don’t have the will and they don’t want to bring the Lokpal Bill. Does it take one-and-a-half years to bring such a bill?””Even after repeated assurance from the prime minister, the government is still not creating the Lokpal body. It is not that we like to sit on anshan every now and then,” he said justifying the need for another round of indefinite strike, which started at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Wednesday.Hazare’s key aide Arvind Kejriwal said Team Anna was resolute to fight a conclusive battle with the government to tame corruption by facilitating the creation of a Lokpal body. “It will be a decisive battle against corruption. We will not get up before we get a solution this time,” he said.advertisementlast_img

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