BJP leaders LK Advani and Arun Jaitley have finally outlined their party's position on lokpal, strongly favouring the inclusion of the Prime Minister (PM) under the purview of the lokpal.
In his latest blog, Advani said his party was in favour of bringing the PM within the ambit of lokpal, noting that the 1998 and 2001 drafts prepared by the NDA were clear on the issue.
The NDA had presented two lokpal bills- in 1998 and 2001.
Jaitley, in a detailed article, stated that all actions of the PM, barring those relating to national security and public order, should be under scrutiny of the ombudsman when "a national upsurge against corruption" has shaken the faith of people in existing anti-graft mechanism.
Hitherto, the BJP was under attack from the Congress for not spelling out its stand.
A day after the all-party meet on the issue, which saw the BJP and other parties urging the government to bring the bill in Parliament at the earliest, Jaitley said the NDA's bill formulation on lokpal in 2001 could be the best beginning-instead of the ministers' draft.
Jaitley mooted the creation of a new system for the appointment of judges and lokpal, saying that time had come for creating a national judicial commission, which was first proposed by the NDA, and could be converted into both an appointment and integrity institution in relation to the judges.
Observing that the ministers' draft had envisaged a selection panel for lokpal, which was "government dominated", Jaitley said the "the power of initiating removal is with the government and the power of suspending an inconvenient lokpal is also with the government."
Jaitely said, "We have to explore a new system" as in-house mechanism for judicial accountability had failed. "India has moved to an era where judges appoint judges and other than in impeachment cases, judges alone decide upon the misdemeanor of a delinquent judge."
Advani referred to Sunday's all-party meeting as "unique" and "without precedent" as never before have political parties been so unanimous in criticising the government.