The government is going all the way for the passage of the Lokpal Bill, which is to be introduced in the Lok Sabha by August 3, despite sharp divisions among political parties. The main issue is whether the Prime Minister should be brought within the ambit of the bill.
“It (the bill) will perhaps be introduced in the Lok Sabha, hopefully on either August 2 or 3,” parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said Friday, adding that the government will refer it to the standing committee forthwith. He hoped that if the standing committee made its recommendations by the end of August, the government could then go ahead with the bill’s passage.
While the BJP, Left, TDP, and JD(U) are pressing for the inclusion of the PM, so is the UPA ally DMK. On the other hand, Ms Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamul Congress is reported to be speaking in different voices while the NCP strongly feels that the PM should be excluded from the Lokpal Bill. Asian Age