December 22nd, 2011
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Lokpal in Lok Sabha

lok-sabhaNew Delhi: The government is set to introduce the Lokpal Bill in Lok Sabha today and withdraw the existing one which had been introduced in the monsoon session. The Lokpal Bill is being tabled in the 11th hour in Parliament. The bill was circulated to members before introduction in parliament after securing the mandatory assent from the President since there was some financial implication in it. Minister for parliamentary affairs Pawan Kumar Bansal said eight hours have been earmarked for discussion in each House.

The government has extended the winter session of Parliament for three days from December 27 to 29, after a four-day Christmas break, for facilitating passage of the Lokpal bill. After its expected passage in the Lok Sabha on December 27, the bill will come up in Rajya Sabha the next day.

Though the Congress is keen to table the Bill and pass it in an extended winter session, the Opposition BJP is opposed to the government’s version of the Lokpal draft. The BJP, which shares Team Anna’s sentiments, has threatened to move adjournments.

The Left parties are opposed to the urgency in passing the Lokpal Bill while Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi Party wants more time to discuss its provisions. Lalu Prasad’s RJD and Mayawati’s BSP are both opposed to Anna Hazare and his Jan Lokpal Bill, but they have also been questioning the haste to pass the Bill. The Shiv Sena is completely opposed to the Bill, which is a sentiment shared by the Biju Janta Dal, but the BJD favours an early passage of the Bill


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