December 27th, 2011
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Lokpal passed in Lok Sabha

loksabhaNew Delhi: The Lok Sabha passed the highly controversial and most debated Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 tonight. Leader of the House and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee defended the bill and stated that the bill reflected the “sense of the house”. The bill which envisages creating anti- graft institutions at the Centre as well as state levels, was passed by a voice vote after a day long debate.

The government however failed to pass the Constitutional Amendment Bill which would have given constitutional status to the Lokpal due to lack of two third majority.  The Left, BSP and SP staged a walkout in protest against the government bringing a ‘weak’ Lokpal Bill.

“We had demanded a strong Lokpal. It is not strong. It is a sarkari Lokpal. There is no meaning to it,” said Mulayam Singh Yadav. BJP leader Yashwat Sinha called the UPA government “morally bankrupt” which has brought a “brokepal” bill instead of a Lokpal bill.



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