Friday, August 5, 2011

Lokpal Bill

Anna Hazare burns lokpal
Oppositon continue protests
Lokpal Bill introduced in parliament;
Civil society activists burn copies of Lokpal

New Delhi(August 4, 2011 ): The Lokpal Bill which seeks to reduce corruption introduced in parliament. Strong protests continue from the opposition.Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj BJP) opposed the introduction of the bill, demanding that the prime minister should be brought within its reach. It also excludes  judiciary and any action of an MPs in parliament or any parliamentary committee.The proposed lokpal does not bring under it the prime minister during his or her term in office. But once the prime minister demits office, he or she can be investigated for any corruption during the term, according to the bill's provisions.

"I cannot understand how anyone, sitting in any position, be a holy cow? In this Lokpal why is the prime minister out of it?" Swaraj asked in the house."I am happy that the prime minister himself had said that it is okay if he is brought within the ambit of the Lokpal Bill. Then, why is the cabinet not paying heed to it?" she added.

Narayansamy defended  the bill, saying it has become the property of the house and it will immediately go to the parliamentary standing committee. "Parliament is supreme so the opposition by Swaraj cannot be sustained."Replying to Swaraj's statement that former PM A.B. Vajpayee had accepted to be within the ambit of anti-corruption law, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said: "I was chairing the parliamentary standing committee on anti-corruption bill in 2001."

To mark their protest, the civil society representatives of Anna Hazare Group burnt copies of the government's version of lokpal bill at several places in the country.

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