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Lokpal debate in Parliament: Highlights

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee initiated the debate on the Lokpal Bill with a statement in the Lok Sabha.

delhi Updated: Aug 27, 2011 16:03 IST

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee initiated the debate on the Lokpal Bill with a statement in the Lok Sabha.

Following are the highlights of his speech in Lok Sabha:

Pranab appeals to Anna to end fast

Discussions were held to discuss the draft of the Lokpal

Anna's agitation has become people's agitation: Sushma Swaraj

There is agreement on 20 of 40 basic principles put forward by government and civil society activists

There are six major issues of divergence:

One single act be provided for both Lokpal in Centre and Lokpal state. Will state govt be willing to accept draft provisions for Lokayukta on same lines as Lokpal?

Should PM be covered by Lokpal?

Should judges of high Court and Supreme Court be brought within ambit of Lokpal?

Should conduct of MPs inside parliament be brought within purview of the Lokpal?

Should Lokpal have quasi-judicial powers?

Can all civil servants be punished and dismissed by Lokpal and Lokayuktas?

Whatever we do we have to respect Constitution: Pranab

Everything should be within Constitution: Pranab

Govt ready to fast-track Lokpal Bill: Pranab

Historic debate in Parliament: Sushma Swaraj

Request MPs to debate the bill peacefully: Sushma Swaraj

Since 1968, this is the 9th time Lokpal Bill has come to Parliament: Sushma Swaraj

BJP also guilty for not passing Lokpal till now: Sushma Swaraj

Govt has always spoken in contradictory voices: Sushma Swaraj

Rahul Gandhi was allowed to preach during Zero Hour: Sushma Swaraj

Surprised at Rahul's statement yesterday: Sushma Swaraj

Rahul destroyed spirit of PM's speech in Parliament: Sushma Swaraj

PM should come under Lokpal but under two riders, national security & public order: Sushma Swaraj

Parliament has had eminent members like Shyam Benegal, Javed Akhtar. Are they uncivil society? - Yechury

We must be able to make difference in between the civil society and the uncivil society: Yechury in RS

Other developments of the day:

Anand Sharma, Sandeep Dikshit, Pawar, Farooq Abdullah called

Bhushan, Kejriwal, Medha Patkar to meet Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab meets allies, opposition leaders

Pawar, Farooq Abdullah were also present at meeting

Kiran Bedi at Ramlila Maidan: People's unity got the Parliament united today.

Yechury in RS: Representatives of Team Anna met us, they discussed 3 conditions with us.

Basudev Acharya: we are discussing Jan Lokpal Bill because the entire country is agitating. Corruption in India has grown alarmingly.

State Government should continue to exercise the power to appoint Lokayukta: BSP MP, Satish Chandra Mishra

Team Anna demands a resolution from government

Team Anna demands a commitment from the Parliament and not just the sense of the House.

It is clear case of betrayal, says Arvind Kejriwal

Aamir Khan reaches Ramlila Maidan