Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said that Anna Hazare's anti-graft campaign had brought the issue of Lokpal to the people and the massive support it garnered was because people were "fed up" of increasing corruption in the last two years.
Initiating the debate at a special sitting on the Lokpal bill issue after an address by Leader of House Pranab Mukherjee, Sushma Swaraj also urged the members to set an example by having a peaceful debate.
"It is a historical debate, let it be peaceful," she said.
The BJP leader said it was not the first time the Lokpal bill was being taken up by the parliament.
"This is not the first time the bill is being presented, our government also tried but could not get it passed," she said.
"This movement has brought the issue to the public. Earlier whenever a draft was made it was limited to the intellectuals," Sushma Swaraj said.
The opposition leader added the present situation had arisen because people were tired of the increasing corruption.
"The present situation is also because of the increasing corruption in the last two years. People are fed up," she said.