December 22nd, 2011
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Lokpal bill tabled in parliament today

loksabhaNew Delhi: The Lokpal bill was finally tabled in parliament today amid objections and after two adjournment motions. The bill was introduced by Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V Narayanasamy. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 was introduced along with a Constitutional (116th Amendment) Bill. The previous Lokpal Bill, 2011, introduced in August, was withdrawn. Several parties questioned as to why the government was rushing with the bill in such “haste”.

“If you feel it is not necessary, we will not have it. Legislation is the domain of Parliament. It is not made on the dharna manch or on the streets,” Finance Minister and Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee said. Various parties, including BJP, Shiv Sena, RJD, AIMIM and AIADMK, opposed introduction of the bill in the current form and wanted the government to revise it.







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