Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday initiated the much-awaited debate on the Lokpal Bill, rejecting the government's claim that the legislation was the "best" it could do.
Swaraj said the bill was unconstitutional because it infringed on the rights of states and called for religion-based reservation in the Lokpal panel. The BJP leader claimed states which are ruled by her party had much better Lokayuktas than envisaged in the central government's bill.
"You don't need reservations on religious or any other lines in a constitutional body," she said.
"The Lokpal Bill is weak and ignores sense of House," she said. The BJP's rejection of the Lokpal bill may shift the debate on it to the next session.
However, the government is confident of getting the Lok Sabha's nod for the bill as it enjoys majority in the lower house. However, the worry for the government is in the upper house where it doesn't have the requisite numbers.
All major parties have directed their MPs through issuance of whips to be present in the house for the debate and voting.
Parliament is meeting Dec 27-29 in an extended session to debate the bill.