December 15th, 2011
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No consensus on Lokpal

lokpal-billNew Delhi: The all party meeting failed to reach a consensus on the Lokpal Bill even though the Prime Minister tried hard to ensure the passage of the bill, as divergent views were expressed on the inclusion of the lower bureaucracy. Mr Singh requested the members of the all party meet to refrain from making the bill the subject of party politics. The BJP demanded the inclusion of Group C and D employees under the Lokpal.

This was staunchly opposed by CPI. CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said his party felt that Group C and D could not be brought under the Lokpal because there were crores of such employees. According to him there should be another mechanism to deal with them.

The BJP and other opposition parties have demanded the inclusion of the CBI investigation wing under the ambit of the Lokpal. Shiromi Akali Dal leader SS Dhindsa said the CBI should be independent, but the Lokpal should have a say in the selection of the CBI Director. The Left and the Right agreed upon the inclusion of  the Prime Minister under the ambit of the Lokpal. The Left parties also demanded that the Lokpal be accountable to the Parliament.

Addressing the gathering during the opening of the meet the Prime Minister said “The government is keen on passing a Lokpal Bill this very session that is based on consensus and that is driven by Parliament as the custodian of legislation.”


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