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BJP, Left load amendments ammo

delhi Updated: Dec 27, 2011 07:24 IST
Vikas Patha

A host of Opposition amendments await the government as it seeks to get the lokpal bill passed in Parliament over the next three days.

The BJP will object to many clauses, Left parties are expected to chip in with their amendments and so is the Samajwadi Party, and the BSP is supposed take a call on the matter on Tuesday morning.

While BJP leaders say they will take their amendments to the “logical conclusion”, which could mean the bill facing rough weather in Rajya Sabha, party leaders also have to weigh the possibility of facing blame for ‘blocking’ the bill in such a scenario.

The BJP is opposed to giving reservation to religious minorities in the nine-member lokpal as well as the clause that states "not less than 50%" reservation in the body for them. It feels this violates the 50% cap on quotas laid down by the Supreme Court.

The BJP wants the CBI to be under the administrative control of the lokpal, corruption cases against group C officials under the Lokpal instead of the CVC and the creation of a model law for state lokayuktas instead of making such state-level offices mandatory, which the party insists is against the federal structure of the Constitution.

BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad flagged another area of concern. “Section 24 C creates the risk that an MP can lose membership on the mere strength of a chargesheet filed on the direction of lokpal in the special court.”

Left parties are expected to move amendments that will overlap with the BJP’s demands. The CPI(M) wants the selection panel for the lokpal to be more broadbased and the ombudsman to have its own investigation wing.

While the Left agrees with the BJP’s concerns over the federal structure being harmed by the mandatory lokayuktas clause, it has sought BJP support for bringing corporate houses under Lokpal.

“We think the BJP is agreeable on the need of bringing the corporate houses under the Lok Pal,” CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said.