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Govt mulling dropping Lokayukta clauses in Lokpal Bill

delhi Updated: Mar 14, 2012 22:34 IST
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Government appears to be planning to drop the clauses in the Lokpal Bill pertaining to setting up of Lokayuktas in states, a provision that faced stiff opposition from friends and foes alike.

A senior minister said the government was contemplating the move that would help clear the obstacles in the way of its easy passage in Parliament as also dismiss the opposition campaign that Congress was against the measure.

A fresh consultation between the government and the opposition is possible so as to ensure that the anti-graft bill is passed in the first part of the budget session.

A section in Congress feels if the bill is not passed at the earliest, the issue would trouble it in the next Lok Sabha elections.

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in December 2011 and it has been in the Rajya Sabha where now the minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy will be replying to the debate.

As the earlier amendments have lapsed, members have to give fresh notices on the bill.

Replying to a notice given by the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley seeking suspension of the Question Hour to resume the debate on the Lokpal bill, Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said the government has studied the 187 amendments moved by opposition and UPA allies since the debate on the bill was adjourned after the House was adjourned sine die on December 29.

"We want to bring the Bill within this part of the session itself," he said in the Upper House.

His statement marked a change of stand by the government as the minister had at a session-eve press conference said it would be difficult to take up the bill in the first part due to financial business.