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Govt attacked for involving civil society in drafting lokpal

delhi Updated: Jul 03, 2011 22:51 IST
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Government today came under attack from several political parties for involving the civil society in prepartion of the draft for lokpal bill.

Sources said that most of the parties felt that the government erred in its decision to form a Joint Committee with five members each from the civil society and the government and should have instead tried to take political parties into confidence over the issue.

Senior BJP leader Sushama Swaraj said the government had set aside Constitutional and political processes and tried to draft the bill with civil society. "It is only when you got stuck, you remembered us," she told the government.

BJD's Arjun Charan Sethi said the government has set a new precedent by making a Joint Committee with civil society members and it should not have been done.

Even AIADMK, which was on the same page with the government on the issue of not bringing Prime Minister under the Lokpal's ambit, felt the government should have consulted political parties first before issuing the notification for the ten-member joint committee having five civil society members to draft the Lokpal bill.

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury appeared sarcastic on civil society when he wondered whether elected representatives are "uncivil society", sources said.

After the meeting Yechury said, "Constitutional scheme of things cannot be disturbed. The sovereignty of Parliament has to be maintained and it is only Parliament, which can make a law. So bring a bill and have discussion in Parliament."

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