The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) on Thursday said the party was for presenting the lokpal bill in Parliament for debate to bring the prime minister under its purview.
"Let the bill be tabled in Parliament first for an effective debate on the floor of the House," Prakash Karat said at a press conference.
He said the Left sought a "strong lokpal" with the prime minister under its ambit but for that there has to be a debate in Parliament.
Karat, however, did not agree to Anna Hazare's demand to bring the judges of the high courts and the Supreme Court under the ambit of the lokpal, saying that the Left was for a separate judicial commission to look into the cases of corruption in judiciary. "There are some shortcomings in Anna Hazare's draft for the Lokpal bill," he said, refusing to divulge any details.
The Parliament session is beginning on August 1, he said, and the Left would pressurise the UPA government to bring the prime minister under lokpal's purview, he said.
He pointed out that the prime minister had been included in the earlier drafts of the lokpal bill presented in parliament time and again in 1989, 1996, 1998 and then in 2001.
On the voting against Congress-led UPA regime in 2008, Karat maintained that as many as 19 MPs had been paid a bribe to vote for the UPA.