Daggers drawn on Lokpal as LS prepares to decide bill's fate

Anna upset with draft, Lalu wants quota and Sonia ready for a fight


Prasanna Mohanty | December 22, 2011

Battles lines have been drawn clearly over the Lokpal bill. The bill will be introduced in Lok Sabha later this afternoon and will immediately be taken up for discussion and passage so that it could then be moved to Rajya Sabha. The winter session has been extended by three days, post-Christmas, to ensure that the bill is passed and sent for the presidential nod before the new year sets in and Anna Hazare begins his jail bharo andolan.

See updates from parliament

Read the text of the Lokpal Bill, attached below

The emotions are running high. After UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi adopted a combative posture yesterday saying that her party was "ready for a fight" against malicious misinformation and forces out to "destabilise" her government (read: Sonia to fight for Lokpal, women's quota), the Congress members are geared up to counter all opposition to get the bill passed. Anna Hazare has, in the meanwhile, declared that he would go ahead with his three day fast from December 27 in Mumbai and then start a ‘jail bharo’ andolan against the government’s attempt to present a weak and ineffective anti-corruption legislation. (Read: Anna to Sonia: How is this lokpal strong?)

The main opposition party, the BJP, may seem willing to go along with the government, except for some amendments it plans to move, the real challenge will come from the Yadav troika – Lalu Prasad, Mulayam Singh and Sharad Yadav – who had foiled the government’s earlier attempt to introduce women’s reservation bill in the lower house. The troika is worried that the legislation will usher in a ‘police raj’. It is also opposed to the government’s rush to have the bill cleared in this very session.

Also read:Lokpal headed the CVC way

Lalu Prasad has an additional grouse. He wants the government to explain why it removed minorities’ representation in the nine-member Lokpal body. The government had earlier said 50 percent of the members will come be reserved for the SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities and women.

Amid much drama and shouting matches, after twoadjournments, the Lokpal bill has now been tabled. It will be taken up for further discussion in the Lok Sabha.



Other News

Making sense of facts – and alternative facts

The Art of Conjuring Alternate Realities: How Information Warfare Shapes Your World By Shivam Shankar Singh and Anand Venkatanarayanan HarperCollins / 284 pages / Rs 599 Professor Noam Chomsky, linguist and public intellectual, has often spoken of &ls

The Manali Trance: Economics of Abandoning Caution in the Time of Coronavirus

The brutal second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has left a significant death toll in its wake. Health experts advise that the imminent third wave can be delayed by following simple measures like wearing a mask and engaging in social distancing. However, near the end of the second wave, we witnesse

Govt considers fixing driving hrs of commercial vehicles

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has emphasised deciding driving hours for truck drivers of commercial vehicles, similar to pilots, to reduce fatigue-induced road accidents. In a Na

Telecom department simplifies KYC processes for mobile users

In a step towards Telecom Reforms which aim to provide internet and tele connectivity for the marginalised section, the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communica

Mumbai think tank calls for climate action

Raising concerns over rising seawater levels and climate change, Mumbai First, a 25-year-old public-private partnership policy think tank, has written letters to Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, minister for environment and climate change, tourism and protocol, Aditya Thackeray and Mumbai munic

Creation of ‘good bank’ as important as ‘bad bank’ for NPA management

After the recent announcement of the government guarantee for Security Receipts (SRs) to be issued by a public sector-owned National Asset Reconstruction Company Ltd (NARCL), there is a surge of interest around this desi version of a super bad bank. The entity will acquire around ₹2 trillion bad debts fr

Visionary Talk: Gurcharan Das, Author, Commentator & Public Intellectual on key governance issues


Current Issue


Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter