August 27th, 2011
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Lokpal: Pranab seeks constitutionally acceptable solution

New Delhi: Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee initiated the Lokpal debate in the Lok Sabha by recounting the chain of events since Anna Hazare first went on fast at the Jantar Mantar on April 9 and stressed on the necessity of staying within the Constitution. The House also unanimously requested anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare to end his fast, which has entered its 12th day.

“We are at a crossroads. We are in a rare occassion where proceedings of the House is drawing the attention of entire nation and perhaps world, as the largest functioning democracy is at a crucial stage”, he said.”I appeal to the MPs to use this occasion to pass the Bill without disturbing the constitutional process. I appeal to the MPs to have an objective discussion on this, try to find a solution within the constitutional frame work without harming the democratic supremacy in the matter of legislation and resolve this impasse,” said Pranab.

Mukherjee said that if a consensus is arrived at after the debate, the recommendations shall be sent to the Standing Committee.”The standing committee can take up their practicality, constitutionality and implementability,” Mukherjee said.

He said that there were 40 basic principles which Hazare and his associates put forward during their meetings with the government. He claimed that out of 40 on 26 basic principles, there was an agreement, there were seven principles, on which consensus had to be reached.

Pranab in his speech said that the Lokpal Bill alone cannot root out corruption. He said the government is working on a grievance redressal bill to address corruption at local level. He said that there is a serious consideration needed on Anna’s three conditions.

He said that once the deliberations are over the parliament could arrive at a possible consensus which will reflect the sense of the house.




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