December 22nd, 2011
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Minorities to be included in Lokpal

laloo-prasadNew Delhi: The government has decided to reintroduce the provision of reservation for minorities in the Lokpal Bill after it came under attack from Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad and other parties. The decision to include the minorities in Lokpal Bench and in the Search Committee came at a meeting of the Congress Core Group chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi and attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior Ministers.

The Core Group met after Laloo Prasad raked up the issue of dropping of the provision for minorities from the original proposal that was contained in the Cabinet note during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha. According to him the RSS, BJP and Congress had conspired to exclude the minorities. Samajwadi Party, the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and the Lok Janshakti Party also supported the demand for inclusion of minorities.

Congress sources said that the provision for minorities was dropped last night after a BJP delegation led by LK Advani told Pranab Mukherjee that the provision could encounter legal problems because Constitution does not provide for quota for minorities.


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